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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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Rescue Plan Development: Putting the Pieces Together

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

A well developed Rescue Plan includes contingencies for self-rescue as well as detailed strategies for the rescue of any person who falls, and includes: (more…)


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