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Image of NIMS bookletNational Incident Management System (NIMS)


The National Incident Management System (NIMS) provides a systematic, proactive approach to guide departments and agencies at all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector to work seamlessly to prevent, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of incidents, regardless of cause, size, location, or complexity, in order to reduce the loss of life and property and harm to the environment. NIMS works hand in hand with the National Response Framework (NRF). NIMS provides the template for the management of incidents, while the NRF provides the structure and mechanisms for national-level policy for incident management.


Incidents begin and end locally, and are managed on a daily basis at the lowest possible geographical, organizational, and jurisdictional level. However, there are instances in which successful incident management operations depend on the involvement of multiple jurisdictions, levels of government, functional agencies, and/or emergency responder disciplines. These instances require effective and efficient coordination across this broad spectrum of organizations and activities.


Flexibility and Standardization

The components of NIMS are adaptable to any situation. This flexibility is essential for NIMS to be applicable across the full spectrum of potential incidents. NIMS also provides a set of standardized organizational structures that improve integration and connectivity among jurisdictions and disciplines, starting with a common foundation of preparedness and planning.


NIMS Components

To integrate the practice of emergency management and incident response throughout the country, NIMS focuses on five key components:

  1. Preparedness
  2. Communications and Information Management
  3. Resource Management
  4. Command and Management
  5. Ongoing Management and Maintenance

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NIMS Training Program



The NIMS Training Program lays out a conceptual framework that maintains a systematic process for the development of training courses and personnel qualifications. This process produces trained and qualified emergency management personnel. The framework facilitates the systematic development of these courses and qualifications by translating functional capabilities (defined in NIMS) into positions, core competencies, training and personnel qualifications. The NIMS Training Program sets a sequence of goals, objectives and action items for FEMA's National Integration Center (NIC), which administers NIMS training nationally, and for stakeholders, who run their respective NIMS training and education programs. Click here to view the PDF document for the NIMS Training Program.


The NIMS Training Program is intended for emergency management officials and administrators responsible for budgets, planning, and procurement, who require guidance on the development and provision of NIMS training.


In addition, the NIMS Training Program is an informative guidance document for the following:

  • National and state policy-makers (elected/appointed officials)
  • Key decision-makers from governmental and nongovernmental agencies and private sector organizations, such as:
    • Federal departments and agencies
    • State, tribal, and local government emergency management agencies and trainers (i.e. state, tribal, and local NIMS coordinators)
    • Managers overseeing those in mission-critical positions and organizations and professional development
    • Human resource managers setting and overseeing personnel policies and guidance
  • Other groups charged with developing NIMS-related guidance or training, credentialing, or personnel qualifications information


The NIMS Training Program identifies those courses critical to train personnel capable of implementing all functions of emergency management. This program revises the NIMS core curriculum to ensure it adequately trains emergency and incident response personnel to all concepts and principles of each NIMS component.


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NIMS Core Curriculum


NIMS Core Curriculum*

Course ID

Course Title


All-Hazards Incident Commander


All-Hazards Public Information Officer


All-Hazards Safety Officer


All-Hazards Liaison Officer


All-Hazards Operations Section Chief


All-Hazards Division/Group Supervisor


All-Hazards Planning Section Chief


All-Hazards Situation Unit Leader


All-Hazards Resource Unit Leader


All-Hazards Logistics Section Chief


All-Hazards Communications Unit Leader


All-Hazards Supply Unit Leader


All-Hazards Facilities Unit Leader


All-Hazards Finance/Administration Section Chief


All-Hazards Finance/Administration Unit Leader


Introduction to the Incident Command System (ICS)


ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents


Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents


Advanced ICS


National Incident Management System, An Introduction


NIMS Multi-Agency Coordination System


NIMS Public Information


NIMS Resource Management


NIMS Communication and Information Management


NIMS Intrastate Mutual Aid, An Introduction


National Response Framework, An Introduction


Incident Command System/Emergency Operations Center (ICS/EOC)


Emergency Operations Center Management and Operations

*Information on these courses can be found on pages 11-16 of the NIMS Training Program PDF.



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NIMS Training by Incident Complexity/Field Operations Training Needs



The following courses are designed to provide a baseline, as they introduce basic NIMS and ICS concepts and provide the foundation for higher-level Emergency Operations Center (EOC)-, MACS-, and ICS-related training:

  • IS-700 - NIMS, an Introduction. This course introduces the NIMS concept. NIMS provides a consistent nationwide template to enable all government, private sector, and nongovernmental organizations to work together during domestic incidents.
  • ICS-100 - Introduction to the Incident Command System. This course introduces ICS and provides the foundation for higher level ICS training. It describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the system. It also explains the relationship between ICS and NIMS.

NIMS Training Determined by Incident Complexity

Graph illustrating which courses should be taken based on incident complexity. Incidents range from low in complexity (Type 5) to high in complexity (Type 1).


NIMS Core Curriculum - Field Operation Training Needs





  • ICS-100
  • ICS-200
  • ICS-300
  • ICS-400
  • IS-700
  • IS-800
  • G-191
  • Position-specific ICS courses (based on individual or expected assignment)
  • E/L-947 - EOC/IMT interface
  • Training based on jurisdiction risk and/or specific interest


  • ICS-100
  • ICS-200
  • ICS-300
  • ICS-400
  • IS-700
  • IS-800
  • Position-specific ICS courses (based on individual or expected assignment)
  • G-191
  • E/L-947
  • Training based on jurisdiction risk and/or specific interest


  • ICS-100
  • ICS-200
  • IS-700
  • Position-specific ICS courses (based on individual or expected assignment)
  • Training based on jurisdiction risk and/or specific interest


  • ICS-100
  • IS-700
  • Position-specific ICS courses (based on individual or expected assignment)
  • Training based on jurisdiction risk and/or specific interest


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