National Incident Management System (NIMS)

Are You Up to Date on Your NIMS Training?

7/16/2020 12:31:00 PM

With promotions, new hires and assignment changes taking place entities need these training classes in order to be NIMS compliant. 

The Illinois Police Training Act does not mandate this training.  NIMS training is required under Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD-5) to receive federal funding, grants, training, and reimbursement of disaster recovery costs. Personnel must attend training based on their ICS role. 

Don’t let a lack of training keep your city / village / county from receiving disaster recovery costs!


At Minimum All Entry-level first responders and disaster workers who respond or support:

Emergency Medical Services           Firefighting                Healthcare/Hospitals             Law Enforcement               

Public Health                                    Public Information (JIC)    Public Works/Utilities     Schools

County Executives         Mayors       City Managers       Agency Administrators, and other elected or appointed Senior Officials who have jurisdictional authority, responsibilities, or oversight over response and support operations during an emergency  

Other emergency management, response, support, and volunteer personnel at all levels

** MTU1 recommends every city / village / county have that one person tracking who in their city/ village/ county has what training- ranging from elected officials, Police, Fire, street dept. personnel, dispatch to Animal Control.    "Generally Speaking", not always thru a fault of their own, Elected Officials have a wide array of responsibilities tossed on their plates when taking office. They are also the biggest group not understanding emergency operation protocols and the importance of "one voice" during a disaster response or critical incident. It is important to get them up to speed before a major incident occurs. 


National Incident Management System Training Program

The NIMS Training Program sets forth a structure for national training and establishes the roles and responsibilities of FEMA and members of the NIMS stakeholder community. It identifies specific activities for developing, maintaining, and sustaining a training program that prepares all incident personnel to understand their respective responsibilities and work together during incidents.


  1. FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute offers free on-line NIMS-compliant training ranging from 1 to 3 hours in length
  1. For a course list, visit:    

         The ICS-300 and ICS-400 courses must be taught in classroom by certified NIMS Instructors

  1. National Incident Management System Required and Recommended Training

          (Go Here for the FEMA listing of who needs what training)


For Illinois course information, go here to the Illinois Fire Service Institute, University of Illinois. Filter for Program "ICS/NIMS" and class location "off campus"   


For more information on training courses contact:

Gregory R. “Bob” Doty

NIMS/ICS Program Manager

Illinois Fire Service Institute | University of Illinois

11 Gerty Drive, Champaign, IL 61820

Office: 217-300-1804


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