Directive No. 105September 29, 1999
Subject: Required Use Of The Incident Command System (ICS) As A Standard Incident Management System For Emergency Management
- THE INCIDENT COMMAND SYSTEM (ICS) ICS shall mean a standardized on-scene emergency management concept specifically known as the National Incident Management System - Incident Command System (NIMS - ICS), designed to allow its user(s) to adopt an integrated organizational structure equal to the complexity and demands of single or multiple incidents, without being hindered by jurisdictional boundaries.
- AGENCY A division of government with specific function, or a non-governmental organization (e.g., private contractor, business, etc.) that offers a particular kind of assistance. Under an ICS, agencies are defined as jurisdictional (having statutory responsibility for incident mitigation) or assisting and/or cooperating (providing resources and/or assistance).
- To facilitate efficient and effective assistance to those impacted, it is important that all State, county and local emergency response and allied support agencies utilize common terminology, integrated communications, consolidated action plans, single/unified command, modular organization, manageable span of control, comprehensive resource management and designated incident facilities during emergencies or disasters.
- ICS INTEGRATION AS THE STANDARD COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEM DURING EMERGENCIES
- The ICS shall be the State standard command and control system during declared emergencies and training.
- Agencies shall integrate the ICS into their emergency operations plans (EOP), standard operating procedures (SOP), standard operating guidelines (SOG), emergency response plans (ERP) and other written operational and planning tools by December 31, 1999. The ICS as developed by the National Interagency Management System (NIMS), sets forth standardized procedures for managing personnel, communications, facilities and resources.
- Presently, the use of ICS is mandated by the N.J. Department of Community Affairs, Division of Fire Safety, for fire service responders under NJAC 5:18E. Additional legal authority and guidance for the ICS procedures are mandated for the State’s structural/wildland fire service community in NJAC 12:100-17.1(a)(3). Use of ICS is endorsed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, National Fire Academy, Unites States Environmental Protection Agency, United States Coast Guard, National Fire Protection Association, and the National Wildfire Coordinating Group,
- TRAINING REQUIREMENTS
- The ICS National Training Curriculum provided by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) shall be the standard training program offered to the emergency management community. The training provided will cover Orientation to ICS (NWCG I-100 Level), Basic ICS (NWCG I-200 Level), Intermediate ICS (NWCG I-300 Level), and Advanced ICS (NWCG I-400 Level).
- The New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety, Division of State Police, Office of Emergency Management, New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, Division of Fire Safety, and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Forest Fire Service, have, by memorandum of understanding, agreed to provide the emergency management community with ICS training.
Michael A. Fedorko, LTC