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A critical element to fully adopting NIMS ICS into your Local or Tribal agency / organization is to develop a ICS Standard Operation Guide (SOG) or Standard Operation Procedures (SOP) that addresses on scene Management / Command / Control of emergency incidents within your jurisdiction.  According to FEMA, Jurisdictions that develop, use and maintain ICS SOP/SOGs have a higher rate of success in effectively managing emergency incidents.

I have taken the opportunity to research a variety of  SOPs from around the country and wanted to offer them on the OKOHS website for research by your agency.   Let me caution you that; even though each of these meet the standard of NIMS, each agency / organization should adapt them for the unique capabilities and needs of their own Local or Tribal agency / organization.    

Pat King
NIMS Coordinator

Sample Fire Department Command SOP/SOGs

Sample NIMS SOP/SOP 1:    This is a commonly used SOP you see around moderately sized towns and cities.   It can be easily modified (as this one has) for a Fire Department.  You may notice its has its roots in the Phoenix, AZ Fire Department's ICS SOP developed by Chief Alan Brunacini.  It is worth giving a look but it may be too detailed for smaller departments.

Sample NIMS SOP/SOG 2:  This is a more simplified version of an SOP.   Still seen widely in medium to small sized departments but might be a bit easier for a small department without any policy to start out with.   Still has a good foundation for developing it into a more comprehensive response policy. 

Sample Law Enforcement Command SOP/SOGs

Sample NIMS SOP/SOG 1:   Here is a fairly detailed version of a Law enforcement SOP used by a medium to large department.  At first glance, one might think it doesn't adhere closely to the NIMS doctrine,  however, if you take a closer look, I belive you will find it a very good example of how a local law enforcement agency adapts general NIMS guidelines into local law enforcement policy.      

Sample NIMS SOP/SOG 2.  This SOP came from a larger city back east and is very simple example of how mid sized cities can implement ICS into the Police Department.   It even covers the new Intelligence section.   This example provides interesting insight on how this Police Chief directed his department to fully use ICS during a critical incident..


Sample EMS Agency Command SOP/SOGs

Sample NIMS SOP/SOG 1   This is an SOP used on the west coast that integrates the ICS system to manage the initial approach and operations of a Mass Casualty incident.   Very well done.


Helpful ICS SOP Links:

Blue Card:   Incident Command SOPs

FBI:   Embracing the Incident Command System,  Federal Bureau of Investigation

FEMA: Integrating NIMS into Local and Tribal SOPs / EOPs

FEMA:  ICS for EMS Agencies

FEMA:  Operations Plans for Mass Deployment