NIMS ICS All-Hazards ICS Position Specific Courses
The need for NIMS ICS All-Hazards Position Specific training was borne out of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, and was reinforced by the natural disasters of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. These incidents underscored for the nation's emergency managers and first responders the need to develop an improved posture for preparedness, prevention, mitigation, response, and recovery through an "all hazards" strategy. At the core of this realization is the need for standardized training in systems and performance competencies that that enable emergency management and response resources to execute the essential tasks needed to overcome any challenge.
The primary goal of the NIMS ICS All-Hazards Position Specific Training Program is to provide additional training that may be needed by personnel responsible for managing incidents of greater complexity than those typically encountered during routine operations. This training is designed to provide all-hazards competencies and behaviors for Command and General Staff and selected Unit Leader positions within a Type III and/or Type IV Incident Management Team (IMT) environment. Competencies in the training are focused around the ability of the student to assume specific position responsibilities, lead assigned personnel, communicate effectively, and to ensure the completion of assigned tasks in order to meet identified objectives for the position.
The establishment of a comprehensive training program that could ultimately serve as one of the requirements for a national credentialing system also requires the establishment of a national database for record keeping. To that end, all students who successfully complete NIMS ICS All-Hazards Position Specific training will have their names entered into the personnel training records keeping system at the National Emergency Training Center (NETC), and will receive Emergency Management Institute (EMI) Certificates of Completion for the courses.
Target Audience and Student Selection Criteria
NIMS ICS All-Hazards Position Specific training should be completed by personnel who are currently members of Type III or Type IV IMT's, or by those seeking credentials/certification for ICS Command and General Staff or Unit Leader positions. Personnel qualifications to serve as members of Type III or IV IMT's are designed to consider a combination of training, operational experience during exercises or actual incidents, job shadowing or field mentoring, and administrative requirements.