National Incident Management System Summary

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The National Incident Management System (NIMS) was put in to place to be a proactive approach to manage incidents involving threats and hazards. It was designed for all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector to work together to reduce the loss of life, property, and harm to the environment (National Incident Management System, 2016). A fundamental part of managing threats and hazards is to set up an Incident Command System (ICS). An ICS provides consistency and standardization for dealing with a threat or hazard such as a weapon of mass destruction incident. Weapons of mass destruction (WMD) can be biological, chemical, radiological, or a mass explosion. First responders to the attack are tasked with patient assessment, and they are usually the first ones to determine what type of an attack it is. If the attack is determined to be biological, chemical, radiological; then an ICS is set up and takes over control. The incident command will be the ultimate decision maker for the control of the incident. The ICS has an Incident Commander and their staff will make operational decisions and allocate resources to implement these decisions. “The ICS is the framework necessary to manage the resources, personnel, apparatus, and equipment, used to mitigate the…show more content…
The Incident Commander is in charge of the ICS but their staff each have a critical job to ensure the smooth operation of an ICS. Underneath the Incident Commander is the Public Information Officer, Safety Operations Officer, Operations Chief, Planning Sections Chief, Logistics Chief, and Assistants and additional staff. The Logistics Chief has one of the most critical jobs as they are in charge of all the supplies needed such as facilities, transportation, communications, equipment maintenance, and food services (Incident Command video). They provide incident support to all in need and without them the job would not get
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