Training and Education
FY 2011 NIMS TRAINING FOR K-12 SCHOOLS
AND INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION
In order to fulfill NIMS requirements, schools and institutions of higher education (IHE) should determine what personnel need to receive incident command system (ICS) and NIMS training based on their role(s) in the overall school or IHE emergency management program.
In accordance with U.S. Department of Education (ED) guidance, certain “key personnel” are required to complete the following six courses in order for an individual or organization to be considered NIMS compliant through FY 2011:
1) IS-100 An Introduction to the Incident Command System
2) IS-200 ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
3) IS-700 NIMS, An Introduction,
4) IS-800B National Response Framework, An Introduction
5) ICS-300 (Classroom Only) Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents, and
6) ICS-400 (Classroom Only) Advanced Incident Command.
In addition, ED recommends that Executive Leaders also consider taking G-402, Incident Command System (ICS) Overview for Executive/Senior Officials.
To assist with determining who “key personnel” might be within a school or IHE, ED has created the following chart:
|EXECUTIVE LEADERS||GENERAL PERSONNEL||COMMAND STAFF||INCIDENT MANAGERS|
Executive Leaders must be familiar with the comprehensive systems supporting emergency management, even though they may not have a designated role in the incident command system.
Executive Leaders are often responsible for making financial, administrative, and managerial decisions supporting the school or IHE emergency management program and will likely have very high-level responsibilities before and after an incident, as opposed to command responsibilities in the field during an actual incident response.
General Personnel are those with any role in emergency preparedness, incident management, or response.
Command Staff are personnel assigned to lead any key campus emergency management effort; they have a specific role within the ICS.
Incident Managers should complete the following two courses:
1) Completion of course IS/ICS-100.SC, Introduction to the Incident Command System for Schools or IS/ICS-100.HE Introduction to Incident Command System for Higher Education constitutes completion of course IS/ICS-100.
2) G-402 Incident Command System (ICS) Overview for Executives/Senior Officials does not fulfill mandatory training requirements for key personnel under NIMS. However, ED for the purposes of the REMS and EMHE grant programs, and the Government Performance Results Act (GPRA) performance indicator calculations, has determined that the school or IHE emergency management team may use its discretion to recommend this course to executive personnel in place of IS-100. Grantees may include this course in their determination of average number of courses completed by key personnel.
3) ICS-300 and ICS-400 are not available online and must be taken in-classroom through State, Tribal, and local emergency management training programs.