General NIMS information
NIMS Site (http://www.fema.gov/emergency/nims/index.shtm)
NIMS TrainingUS Fire Administration's Fire Academy
Adequately trained and qualified emergency management/response personnel are critical to the national implementation of NIMS. In particular, the NIMS document describes the National Integration Center's (NIC) responsibility to develop "a national program for NIMS education and awareness", and to facilitate common national standards for personnel qualification. The National Training Program for NIMS will develop and maintain a common national foundation for training and qualifying emergency management/response personnel.
Course codes from non National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) courses. Where did they come from and what do they mean?
The NWCG curriculum utilizes course codes like "S-290" for Intermediate Fire Behavior, which most wildland fire organizations are familiar with and recognize. The increasingly close cooperation between the United States Fire Adminstration (USFA), National Fire Academy, FEMA's Emergency Management Institute (EMI), and the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) in such areas as "interchangeable courses" and co-development is exposing the wildland community to sets of course codes that they are not familiar with. These briefing papers briefly explain the differences in mission, focus, and the course codes that are associated with the training products.
FEMAs Emergency Management Institute
More Information on NIMS training is available on the NIMS training web page at http://www.fema.gov/emergency/nims/nims_training.shtm