The National Incident Management System (NIMS) provides a consistent nationwide template to enable all government, private sector and nongovernmental organizations to work together during domestic incidents. Jurisdictions can comply in the short term by adopting the National Incident Command System. 

Other aspects of NIMS require additional development and refinement to enable compliance at a future
date.The strategy for the implementation of the Maryland NIMS/ICS Introduction to NIMS/ ICS training plan has been developed through a collaborative effort including local, state and federal representation from emergency management, fire, law enforcement, public health, transportation and public works. It is intended to serve as the foundational step to ensure adoption and implementation of the National Incident Management Systems.

Click here for the Federal Homeland Security directive #5 (HSPD-5)

 Click here for Maryland's NIMS Implementation Strategy (PDF) - FY 06/07 - This will be a continuation of standards with emphasis on Measures, Metrics, and Compliance. Identify who in your agency/group needs ICS 300 and ICS 400 training and get them compliant!

 Click here for Governor's Executive Order formally adopting NIMS (PDF)

 Click Here for Maryland's Homeland Security Strategy & Governor's Order (PDF)

Maryland’s NIMS / ICS Implementation Strategy:

  • Was developed by State and local representation ( DHMH, Local EM, MDNG, MDOT, MEMA, MFRI, MIEMSS, MPCTC, MSP, MDE)
  • Governor’s Executive Order states: “ Maryland will adopt NIMS” (i.e. each State Department/Agency will adopt) The main focus after adoption in FY05 NIMS Compliance is the Incident Command System. Other components are to follow.
  • Overall strategy based on training needs by discipline and response components. There are FIVE Training Levels.

How is Maryland’s NIMS / ICS Implementation Strategy being implemented?

  • Through Department/Agency and jurisdiction specific implementation plans
  • By identifying personnel for training needs - Use the “expected” roles and responsibilities, NOT routine/daily roles and responsibilities
  • Pilot Projects:
    • Several Counties have already trained a large majority of their public safety personnel
    • State agencies have initiated training and plan development
    • MEMA website

NIMS will provide our state with a consistent template for public and private agencies and is a key component that supports ongoing efforts to improve interoperability and ensure effective integrated response for any event, natural or man-made.

The National Incident Management System is a nationwide template to be used by all government agencies, community organizations, and the private sector to work effectively and efficiently together to prepare for, prevent, respond to, and recover from domestic incidents, regardless of cause, size, or complexity. Domestic incidents are "all hazards" events. They can be natural or man made disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, tornados, fires, hazardous chemical leaks, major transportation accidents, health epidemics and attacks from weapons of mass destruction.

The NIMS approach fosters coordination and cooperation (interoperability) between public and private entities in a variety of domestic incident management activities regardless of cause, size, or complexity. The NIMS components consist of Command and Management, Preparedness, Resource Management, Communications and Information Management, Supporting Technologies, and Ongoing Management and Maintenance.

The Incident Command System (ICS) is the most important tool in the NIMS component of Command and Management. ICS is a management system designed to enable effective and efficient domestic incident management by integrating a combination of facilities, equipment, personnel, procedures, and communications operating within a common organizational structure. Multi-disciplined agencies such as fire, EMS, law enforcement, health, public works, emergency management, and government administration will use ICS to communicate priorities, plans, and actions to one another. ICS will assist all the agencies on the team in the implementation of an incident "game plan!"