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State of New Jersey NIMS Fact Sheet

What is NIMS?

NIMS is the National Incident Management System. The NIMS is intended to provide a consistent, flexible, and adjustable national framework to enable Federal, State, local, and tribal governments and private sector and nongovernmental organizations to work together effectively and efficiently to prepare for, prevent, respond to, and recover from domestic incidents, regardless of cause, size, or complexity, including acts of catastrophic terrorism.” Based upon this goal, the NIMS consists of six components: Command and Management (ICS); Preparedness; Resource Management; Communications & Information Management; Supporting Technologies; and Ongoing Management and Maintenance. Need copies of the NIMS document? Call 1-800-480-2520, press Option 4, and ask for FEMA 501, NIMS or download PDF from FEMA.

Do we need to retrain all of our emergency responders?

The federal Department of Homeland Security has indicated that ICS courses based on FIRESCOPE or NWCG curriculum will be accepted as NIMS compliant.

Click here for Specific NIMS training curriculum information.

Click here for a comprehensive overview of NIMS available through EMI


Required Actions for NIMS Compliance

The NIMS Integration Center has issued substantial requirements for State and local government NIMS compliance.

Required NIMS Training

NIMS compliance is a prerequisite to obtaining any federal preparedness assistance (defined by Secretary Ridge as “grants or contracts that contribute to building preparedness and response capabilities”). Federal preparedness assistance includes (but is not limited to) the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, the Homeland Security Grant Program, the Urban Area Security Initiative Grant Program, the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grant Program, and the CDC Public Health Emergency Preparedness Cooperative Agreement. The most basic analysis of who should get NIMS training is: “Does the person have incident response, asset coordination or policy setting responsibility for response efforts?” If the answer is yes to any of these, then NIMS training is needed. The following matrix summarizes federal guidance regarding the level of training required for NIMS compliance:


Who should take the course:

IS 700 National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction

All personnel with a direct role in emergency preparedness, incident management or response must complete NIMS IS-700.
Click here for a full description

Executive Order 50 (Codey) states that all first responders, as defined in HSPD-8) are to take this course. This may be combined in classroom delivery with ICS-100.

IS-700 is now available from the New Jersey Homeland Security Emergency Responder Training Center

IS 800.b National National Response Framework (NRF), An Introduction

All State, County and local Emergency Managers.

ICS-100, Introduction to ICS

All first responders. All federal, state, territorial, tribal, private sector and non-governmental personnel at the entry, first line supervisor, middle management, general staff and command level of emergency management operations must complete Incident Command System—100 level training.

ICS-200, Basic ICS

All federal, state, territorial, tribal, private sector and non-governmental personnel at the following levels of responsibility in emergency management operations – first line supervisor, middle management and command and general staff.

ICS-200 may be taken on-line for NIMS compliance purposes; however, classroom delivery of ICS-200 is required for Division of Fire Safety Incident Management System Certification and may be required for ICS-300 courses.

ICS-300, Intermediate ICS

Incident commanders (those individuals with overall responsibility for commanding operations on an incident scene or coordinating resources at an EOC), click here for pages 13-15.

ICS-400, Advanced ICS

Command and general staff, agency administrators with incident command responsibility, department heads, emergency managers, areas commander and Multi-Agency Coordination System/Emergency Operations Center managers, click here for pages 15-16.

ICS-402, ICS Summary for Executives

Elected officials, senior executive, senior managers and agency administrators with policy responsibilities, but without specific ICS or Multi-Agency Coordination System function/roles or responsibilities. Now available through the New Jersey Homeland Security Emergency Responder Training Center


Definitions of First Responder

The definitions of “First Responder” in HSPD-8 and the Homeland Security Act are much broader than fire, emergency medical, law enforcement and emergency management:

The term "first responder" refers to those individuals who in the early stages of an incident are responsible for the protection and preservation of life, property, evidence, and the environment, including emergency response providers as defined in section 2 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 101), as well as emergency management, public health, clinical care, public works, and other skilled support personnel (such as equipment operators) that provide immediate support services during prevention, response, and recovery operations. (HSPD-8)

6) The term “emergency response providers” includes Federal, State, and local emergency public safety, law enforcement, emergency response, emergency medical (including hospital emergency facilities), and related personnel, agencies, and authorities. (Homeland Security Act - 6 U.S.C. 101)



Training Courses

On-Line Training

IS-700 is currently available on-line from FEMA at the Emergency Management Institute or from the New Jersey Homeland Security Emergency Responder Training Center.

IS-800 is currently only available on-line from FEMA at the Emergency Management Institute.

ICS 100 is available from the New Jersey Homeland Security Emergency Responder Training Center

Live Training

IS-700 and ICS 100 classroom course
ICS 200
ICS 300
ICS 400

Division of Fire Safety

New Jersey Forest Fire
(609) 292-2977


NJ Office of Emergency Management
(609) 584-5000 ext. 5220




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