National Interagency Incident Management System: Teamwork in Emergency Management   [open pdf - 328KB]

"The National Interagency Incident Management System (NIIMS) was designed by a group of local, state, and federal agencies with fire protection responsibilities to improve the ability of fire protection forces responding to any type of emergency. While NIIMS is not new, it includes the best parts of two fire suppression management systems that were used across the nation for wildland fire operations and other emergencies. These were the Large Fire Organization and the Incident Command System (ICS). NIIMS includes other interactive subsystems that help to make a comprehensive emergency management system. A Concept: In 1981, NIIMS was accepted by representatives of federal and state wildland protection agencies as a concept, with the understanding that much work remained to be done on the details of the system. Thus, while the concept remains the same, interagency development efforts have broadened and strengthened the system since it was first accepted by the agency representatives. Although NIIMS was developed by fire protection agencies, the same management concepts can and have been used to respond to public emergencies of any type. Using the principles outlined in NIIMS, national disasters such as terrorist bombings, floods, hurricanes, and earthquakes, and local situations in which several jurisdictions are involved, such as tornadoes, major aircraft accidents, and hazardous material spills can be managed more efficiently."

Report Number:
PMS #700-1
Public Domain
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National Wildfire Coordinating Group: http://www.nwcg.gov/
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