By: Judy Workman, National Honorary Life Member
The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) National Integration Center (NIC) relies on several working groups comprised of experienced practitioners, to include a Public Works Working Group (PWWG), to provide guidance on implementing and improving the National Incident Management System (NIMS). The PWWG, in conjunction with other discipline working groups, continues to volunteer valuable time to address a significant component of NIMS; providing a credentialing and resource typing initiative.
As part of the credentialing and resource typing initiative, the PWWG has been working on four areas to strengthen state and federal coordination of major incident response:
The ongoing development of credentialing and resource typing guidelines improves communications, enhances response time, and better defines incident management structures for improved mutual aid.
Recent credentialing and resource typing initiatives by the PWWG include:
Responders are encouraged to take ICS training and educational courses online to get certifications to serve in the Incident Command centers for emergency response to major incidents. The FEMA website for ICS trainings is www.training.fema.gov. The following web sites are available to view updates on the progress of FEMA efforts:
NIMS Guide 0001: Resource Typing: http://www.fema.gov/pdf/emergency/nims/ng_0001.pdf
NIMS Guide 0002: Credentialing:
NIMS 5 Year Training Plan: http://www.fema.gov/library/viewRecord.do?id=3192
Resource Typing and Job Titles for many disciplines from the FEMA Resource Management http://www.fema.gov/emergency/nims/ResourceMngmnt.shtm#item4
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