National Incident Management System
Incident Command Brought to Live Events
NIMS Training Tracker & Credentialing System
The National Incident Management System (NIMS) provides a systematic, proactive approach to guide departments and agencies at all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector to work seamlessly to prevent, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of incidents, regardless of cause, size, location, or complexity, in order to reduce the loss of life and property and harm to the environment. NIMS works hand in hand with the National Response Framework (NRF). NIMS provides the template for the management of incidents, while the NRF provides the structure and mechanisms for national-level policy for incident management.
The NIMS Training Tracker & Credentialing System is the bridge between the federally endorsed training programs and responder personnel who are expected to gain these skills and document their abilities. The platform creates a living database of training plans and completed training transcripts for each person serving a jurisdiction, agency, or company. Accessible on-line and on-demand, the NIMS Training Tracker and Credentialing System ensures emergency response credentials for each responder, and each squad serving the incident.
Preparedness Looks Like This.
Structured, Familiar, Reliable System
Key features of NIMS:
Incident Command System (ICS) NIMS establishes ICS as a standard incident management organization with five functional areas — command, operations, planning, logistics, and finance/administration — for management of all major incidents. To ensure further coordination, and during incidents involving multiple jurisdictions or agencies, the principle of unified command has been universally incorporated into NIMS. This unified command not only coordinates the efforts of many jurisdictions, but provides for and assures joint decisions on objectives, strategies, plans, priorities, and public communications.
Communications and Information Management Standardized communications during an incident are essential and NIMS prescribes interoperable communications systems for both incident and information management. Responders and managers across all agencies and jurisdictions must have a common operating picture for a more efficient and effective incident response.
Preparedness Preparedness incorporates a range of measures, actions, and processes accomplished before an incident happens. NIMS preparedness measures including planning, training, exercises, qualification and certification, equipment acquisition and certification, and publication management. All of these serve to ensure that pre-incident actions are standardized and consistent with mutually-agreed doctrine. NIMS further places emphasis on mitigation activities to enhance preparedness. Mitigation includes public education and outreach, structural modifications to lessen the loss of life or destruction of property, code enforcement in support of zoning rules, land management, and building codes, and flood insurance.
Joint Information System (JIS) NIMS organizational measures enhance the public communication effort. The Joint Information System provides the public with timely and accurate incident information and unified public messages. This system employs Joint Information Centers (JIC) and brings incident communicators together during an incident to develop, coordinate, and deliver a unified message. This will ensure that tribal, federal, state, and local levels of government are releasing the same information during an incident.
NIMS Integration Center (NIC) To ensure that NIMS remains an accurate and effective management tool, the NIMS NIC will be established by the Secretary of Homeland Security to assess proposed changes to NIMS, capture, and evaluate lessons learned, and employ best practices. The NIC will provide strategic direction and oversight of the NIMS, supporting both routine maintenance and continuous refinement of the system and its components over the long term. The NIC will develop and facilitate national standards for NIMS education and training, first responder communications and equipment, typing of resources, qualification and credentialing of incident management and responder personnel, and standardization of equipment maintenance and resources. The NIC will continue to use the collaborative process of Federal, state, tribal, local, multi-discipline and private authorities to assess prospective changes and assure continuity and accuracy.
“To be prepared is to think beyond the immediate”
The NIMS Training Tracker & Credentialing System is a Subscription service with the built-in structure for efficient data management created for emergency responders of any administrative or structural level. It is arranged in easily developed formats accessible over secure Internet protocols. The design of the software streamlines cumbersome processes to track expansive collections of first-responder training profiles and identifies an appropriate competency level for an emergency response effort. Implementation relies on a hierarchy of personal responsibilities: NIMS Coordinator works with NIMS Administrators to define the scope and range of resources and capabilities for the jurisdiction – NIMS Coordinator works closely with Principals to establish guiding training strategies and priorities – Students and Principals develop Learning Plans that Students engage – Principals verify their Student’s successful course completion or participation in exercise events – Student accreditation is promoted to Transcripts compiled for rapid access by authorized Users. The Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) approach allows Subscribers access to the program from any computer device with internet connection and a browser to navigate individual training records compiled for the organization, easily retrievable from an office desktop portal, Smart Phone, or a tablet’s wireless connection as needed. Training courses and acquired capabilities are documented in full compliance with the National Response Framework for Incident Management policies. Student Transcripts become part of the Client’s preparedness profile and are incorporated into reports submitted to FEMA and other organizations. The NIMS Training Tracker & Credentialing System program makes it possible to assemble jurisdiction training profiles in minutes/hours instead of weeks/months.
Resources for Learning
NIMS is based on establishment of responder qualifications, and credentialing of incident management and responder personnel. D&D Larix Clients have adopted NIMS protocols to establish uniform management organization that work efficiently with neighboring jurisdictions and within the realm of the Client’s Jurisdiction. Students within the NIMS Training Tracker & Credentialing System platform include staff members and community members of the Client’s Jurisdiction. When an emergency happens, it is incumbent on responsive and trained people to work together to protect lives, structures, and begin recovery efforts. The NIMS Training Tracker & Credentialing System platform helps people organize how to best accomplish these tasks.
Emergency Management Institute & NIMS
The Emergency Management Institute (EMI) offers self-paced courses designed for people who have emergency management responsibilities and the general public. All are offered free-of-charge to those who qualify for enrollment. EMI replaced its Incident Command System (ICS) curricula with courses that meet the requirements specified in the National Incident Management System (NIMS). EMI developed the new courses collaboratively with the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG), the United States Fire Administration, and the United States Departments of Agriculture and Interior.
DESIGN OF THE NIMS TRAINING TRACKER & CREDENTIALING SYSTEM PLATFORM
The NIMS Training Tracker & Credentialing System platform is designed to create the missing link connecting abundant educational materials on emergency situations in different formats, with people who are using the materials for training to become dedicated responders to these events at any administrative or structural level.
The core of the program is Learning Plans and Transcripts compiled by individuals/Students to get access to the information on available training programs, stored in the internet accessible secure database, to integrate new knowledge and practical skills into records about their emergency response capabilities. Learning Plans/Transcripts are created with guidance from the host organization’s leadership.
An element of discipline is required at the start: all reporting routes built into the program need to be “walked” diligently: obeying rules becomes a “must” for each player on the team. New individual knowledge and easy logistics of the program for accepted leaders/Principals in navigating Learning Plans/Transcripts become integrated, taking the entire response team effort to a higher level of preparedness. A structurally resilient squad – tailored to a specific emergency event – is formed to act as a single team or as part of a larger assembly including other Jurisdictions, specialists, contractors, and support personnel from the local area, region, or the nation.
The NIMS Training Tracker & Credentialing System program assembles Transcripts by individual emergency responder personnel into verified records of capabilities at any level of response. Easy and rapid database access allows authorized administrative and incident command staff to evaluate necessary personnel capabilities for emergency response duties. Subscriptions to the software service create sequestered accounts that can be updated, maintained, and implemented. As Subscription accounts are managed, only users authorized by the Subscription holder and D&D Larix staff will have access to the information contained in this service.
Report exporting to interested parties can be rapidly made by authorized users.
Contact us to receive access to a demonstration site we maintain, where we use our staff credentials to respond to local, regional and federal emergency response incidents. You will see the database of thousands of authorized courses hosted by 15 organizations, some as on-line courses, some as in-class live sessions. The on-line demonstration will show you how this fits into your preparedness profile.
Today you will enhance your Preparedness Profile, by starting a Responder Profile Record with us.
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Profile of the Service, as a PDF: NIMS Training Tracker & Credentialing System
Take a Look! We are on YouTube…
It is time for you to create a NIMS Training Tracker & Credentialing System subscription for your company, agency, department or squad. We assist you and all your Principals to administer the information about the people who respond to incidents, no matter how small or large. The Module 1 video presentation shown here uses YouTube as the beginning of a 6 part series to guide your Administrators, Coordinator, Principals and Students through the cooperative system we built to document the training and capabilities of your people.
This system integrates thousands of training classes by 12 different organizations. Each class is authorized by National Integration Center (NIC), and most classes are offered online and tested online. No other system, including the ones hosted by States and federally by NIC, offers these features to every client we host. Subscription costs are very affordable, with the individual person’s cost dropping as the size of the squad increases.
We host clients from fire districts with 50 people, from counties and tribes with 1,500 people, and companies with 4,000 people spread across states. The NIMS Training Tracker & Credentialing System platform is as scaleable in size as your organization.