The Incident Command System (ICS) is a standardized,
on-scene, all-hazard incident management concept in the United
States. It is a management protocol originally designed for emergency
management agencies and later federalized. ICS is based upon
a flexible, scalable response organization providing a common
framework within which people can work together effectively.
These people may be drawn from multiple agencies that do not
routinely work together, and ICS is designed to give standard
response and operation procedures to reduce the problems and
potential for miscommunication on such incidents. ICS has been
summarized as a "first-on-scene" structure, where the
first responder of a scene has charge of the scene until the
incident has been declared resolved, a superior-ranking responder
arrives on scene and seizes command, or the Incident Commander
appoints another individual Incident Commander.
The National Incident Management
System (NIMS) is a comprehensive,
national approach to incident
management that is applicable
at all jurisdictional levels
and across functional disciplines.
The intent of NIMS is to:
- Be applicable across a full
spectrum of potential incidents
hazard scenarios, regardless
of size or complexity.
- Improve coordination and cooperation
between public and private
entities in a variety of domestic incident management
the Minimum Training Requirements
for my Department or Agency
under the State of Maine's
NIMS Compliance Objectives?
The State of Maine has
developed a NIMS
Training Matrix to provide a
set of standardized training
requirements for individuals
and organizations that are
involved with responding to
or managing emergency incidents.
It is designed to be a set of
standards that are in consonance
with the letter and spirit of
Federal directives, that are
achievable and sustainable,
and that meet the needs of the
While no single set of standards
is likely to fit every conceivable
instance, the requirements
outlined in the matrix will
meet the vast majority of situations
in Maine. Associated with this
matrix is a copy of the 2012
NIMS guidance pertaining to
the expected audience for this
can I find Training?
Many of the basic ICS and NIMS
courses are available online
at www.training.fema.gov. IS 100.b and
Introduction to ICS and Introduction
to NIMS respectively, are also
frequently taught by
our agency at various locations
the county as requested. Please
consult our calendar for
dates, times and locations.
IS 200.b is
only available online at the
FEMA training website. Please
remember to forward a copy of
your certificate after completing a course so that we
may record it in our records
and so that we may update the training information
for your agency or department
in the NIMSCAST national NIMS
ICS 300 and 400 are only available in the classroom setting. They are offered periodically at various sites in Androscoggin County
and throughout the state.
If you would like to host or need to attend an ICS/NIMS course, please
consult our calendar or contact
us to either sign up for or to
schedule a class.