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FEMA NIMS Training Plan – Please Respond!

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is requesting public comments on the NIMS Training Plan. This plan defines National Incident Management System (NIMS) national training. It specifies stakeholder responsibilities and activities for developing, maintaining, and sustaining NIMS training. In addition to delineating responsibilities and actions, the NIMS Training Plan defines the process for developing training and personnel qualification requirements for emergency management/response personnel. You may review the plan at www.osha.gov, Docket ID FEMA-2009-0012. Comments must be received by February 22, 2011.

Preparing for the Big One: Qualifying Equipment & Personnel for FEMA/NIMS SAR Response

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

FEMA is in the process of developing criteria for a National Emergency Responder Credentialing System that will provide guidance for personnel and equipment responding to large scale incidents and/or disasters. This system will help to ensure that responders and equipment meet certain minimum criteria, and hopefully increase safety on the ground. Today I will offer an overview of the criteria as it currently stands and will provide guidance on where to find additional information regarding compliant equipment and training information.

The National Incident Management System (NIMS) is an outgrowth of the Department of Homeland Security Presidential Directive 5 (a.k.a. HSPV 5), a presidential policy that was established in 2003 with the idea that we would identify steps for improved coordination in our responses. The policy requires the Department of Homeland Security to work with other federal departments and agencies to establish a national incident management system (NIMS). NIMS is designed to be a systematic, proactive approach to guiding private sector, government agencies, non-government agencies and anyone else who shows up in response to an emergency to work seamlessly together. To repair for, recover from and interact during any kind of an incident whether it’s a natural disaster, man-made disaster or another kind of an emergency. The end goal is inter-agency cooperation.

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