Oklahoma, www.OK.gov

Skip Nav Skip to Search

get adobe reader


National Incident Management System (NIMS)




Oklahoma NIMS Implementation Guidelines

OKOHS is responsible for the implementation of NIMS. OKOHS is providing the coordination with all State agencies, tribal governments, and local jurisdictions to ensure NIMS implementation.  NIMS is critical to ensuring full and robust preparedness across Oklahoma and the nation.

In compliance with the Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD-5), all federal departments, state, local and tribal government agencies are required to adopt the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and use it in their individual domestic incident management and emergency prevention, preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation activities.

Participation is mandatory for grant eligibility. Part of HSPD-5 directive's language states that "Federal departments and agencies make the adoption of NIMS by state and local organizations a condition in order to participate in Federal preparedness programs by FY05". In other words, you have to be participating in NIMS to be eligible to apply for DHS grants after October 1, 2004. The Governor of the State of Oklahoma signed an Executive Proclamation on September 28, 2005, which established the NIMS as the state standard for incident management.

The implementation of NIMS will affect the State of Oklahoma's ability to successfully manage incidents and provide for the safety of Oklahoma's citizens and first responders. Future federal preparedness funds and OSDH funds will require a demonstrated adoption of NIMS. The implementation of NIMS will require a coordinated effort across state and local government. Similar efforts will be required in the private sector.

To fulfill this obligation, OKOHS formed a NIMS Implementation Consortium with the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) and the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM).  The goal of the consortium is to develop a clear and unified implementation plan that will ensure complete compliance of all NIMS requirements.

The NIMS Implementation Consortium has worked diligently to ensure this NIMS guidance document will address the needs and outreach to all state, local, tribal officials; to the emergency response and management community; and to the private sector. Full implementation is a phased in approach, with the following requirements to be completed by the end of FY 2008. 

FY08 NIMS State Objectives FY08 NIMS Local Objectives FY08 NIMS Tribal Objectives


What constitutes "full NIMS implementation" or "full NIMS compliance" in FY 2007, starting 10/1/06?  What is "full NIMS implementation" supposed to look like at the state, local and tribal government levels?

Beginning in FY 2008, which starts on October 1, 2007, federal preparedness funding will be conditioned upon full compliance with the NIMS. by completing the FY 2006 activities as well as the FY 2007 activities, states and territories will achieve what is considered to be full NIMS implementation by FY 2008..  For FY 2008 local and tribal jurisdictions will achieve what is considered to be full NIMS implementation by completing the FY 2008 activities outlined in the Local/Tribal matrix. 

FY08 NIMS Compliance Objectives Matrix

Institutionalizing the Use of ICS

To "institutionalize the use of ICS" means that government officials, incident managers and emergency response organizations at all jurisdictional levels adopt the Incident Command System and launch activities that will result in the use of the Incident Command System for all incident response operations.

The institutional use of ICS is critical to the success of an agency¿s ability to manage large scale incidents. Actions to institutionalize the use of ICS take place at two levels - policy and organizational/operational. At the policy level, the ICS must be adopted by resolution, executive order, proclamation, or legislation and incident managers and response organizations must be directed to train and exercise using ICS.

At the organization/operational level, institutionalizing ICS into an agency or jurisdiction requires internal policies and procedures.

  • ICS training must be completed and continues to ensure the ICS training is part of the program for all appropriate new employees, recruits and first responders. 
  • Responders at all levels must be participating in and/or coordinating ICS-oriented exercises that involve responders from multi-disciplines and jurisdictions.
  • The disciplined use of ICS in day-to-day operations is the only way to ensure effective ICS when transitioning to incidents of a large scope that require complex incident management.
  • ICS is being integrated into functional and system-wide emergency operations policies, plans and procedures.

Continuous NIMS/ICS training is a must to ensure effective ICS. It is recommended that all agencies have a certified NIMS/ICS Instructor to continue the training or have access to the training when needed.  All training programs must incorporate NIMS/ICS concepts and principles found in the NIMS National Standard Curriculum Training Development Guidance found in

Formal Adoption of the NIMS

The State of Oklahoma has formally adopted the NIMS principles and policies by gubernatorial proclamation and adopted the NIMS for all departments and agencies as defined in the Homeland Security Act of 2002.  All jurisdictions and local governments must formally adopt the NIMS and sign a NIMS resolution with similar language of the sample resolutions in attachment tab: NIMS Adoption.    Each jurisdiction will be required to provide a NIMS resolution formally adopting NIMS, signed by the jurisdictions signatory officials(s) in the compliance packet.  Note: Oklahoma Title 18 and 19 Rural Fire Departments will sign formal adoption letter.  Sample Formal Letters and Forms can be found on the Formal Adoption page.

federal level. The categories/roles include administration, technical, supervision, and craft (basic and advanced), including:

  • Environmental Services (Water Quality)
  • Solid Waste
  • Animal Services
  • Water Treatment
  • Public Buildings and Parks
  • Telecommunications, Electric Districts, and Digital Cable
  • Engineering and Equipment Services



Agencies determining what employees/volunteers need or are required to complete NIMS/ICS training in the recognized emergency response disciplines, such as Fire, Law Enforcement, EMS, that respond to emergency incidents have no problem determining who needs the NIMS/ICS training.  It gets difficult to determine who within support and management areas as well as elected officials who needs or is required to have the training.

A good general guide to follow is to ask the following question: Is the employee/volunteer remotely involved with any emergency planning duties, gives support or responds to an emergency operation at or away from their agency?  If the answer is no, then no training is required.  The key is to identify and train the right people to the correct level to enable them to interface with emergency operations.

Formal classroom presentation with several different responder disciplines is recommended for the best learning experience of participants.  All personnel identified as needing this training should have a full understanding of the National Response Plan.


Training Requirement Breakdown

Required Training: Entry Level
* FEMA IS-700: NIMS, An Introduction
* FEMA IS-800: National Response Plan, An Introduction, if involved in emergency planning
* ICS-100: Introduction to ICS or equivalent

Personnel - Federal/State/Local/Tribal/Private Sector & Non-governmental personnel to include entry-level first responders and disaster workers ¿* Emergency Medical Service personnel, * Firefighters, * Hospital staff * Law Enforcement personnel, * Public Health personnel, * Public Works/Utility personnel, * Skilled Support Personnel, * Other emergency management response (private and public), support, volunteer personnel at all levels

Required Training: First Line, Single Resource, Field Supervisors 
* FEMA IS-700: NIMS, An Introduction* 
* FEMA IS-800: National Response Plan, An Introduction, if involved in emergency planning
* ICS-100: Introduction to ICS or equivalent
* ICS-200: Basic ICS or equivalent

Personnel - Federal/State/Local/Tribal/Private Sector & Non-governmental personnel to include: * First line supervisors, * Single resource leaders, * Field supervisors,  * Other emergency management/response personnel (private and public) that require a higher level of ICS/NIMS training.

Required Training:  Middle Management 
* FEMA IS-700: NIMS, An Introduction
* FEMA IS-800: National Response Plan, An Introduction.
* ICS-100: Introduction to ICS or equivalent
* ICS-200: Basic ICS or equivalent
* ICS-300: Intermediate ICS or equivalent (FY08 Requirement)

Personnel - Federal/State/Local/Tribal/Private Sector & Non-governmental personnel to include: * Strike team leaders * Task force leaders, * Unit leaders, * Division/group supervisors, * Branch directors, * Emergency operations center and multi-agency coordination system staff.

Required Training:  Command and General Staff 
* FEMA IS-700: NIMS, An Introduction
* FEMA IS-800: National Response Plan, An Introduction, if involved in emergency planning
* ICS-100: Introduction to ICS or equivalent
* ICS-200: Basic ICS or equivalent
* ICS-300: Intermediate ICS or equivalent (FY08 Requirement)
* ICS-400: Advanced ICS or equivalent (FY08 Requirement)

Personnel - Federal/State/Local/Tribal/Private Sector & Non-governmental personnel to include: * Select department heads with multi-agency coordination system responsibilities, * Area commanders, * Emergency managers,    * Emergency operations center and multi-agency coordination system managers.

Open the OSU-FST Schedule to find the next available ICS course. 

If you are unable to find a course that meets your location and schedule needs, e-mail OKOHS with your Name, Organization, location and schedule of training needed.  You will be contacted get you scheduled.


NIMS/ICS Training is available in classroom Instructor led courses and some courses are available on the internet.

OKOHS provides NIMS/ICS Training through OSU-FST.  Open the schedule to find the next available course or call Sally Knott at 800-304-5727 to register for a course.  OSU-FST NIMS ICS Schedule.   

Instructor Led Courses

Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security (OKOHS) is partnering with Oklahoma State University Fire Service Training (OSU-FST) and the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education  to provide NIMS/ICS training to Oklahoma's responders. 

Classroom Courses available are:

IS-700 NIMS: An Introduction to the NIMS
ICS 100, Introduction to ICS
ICS 200 Basic ICS for Supervisors
ICS 300 Intermediate ICS
ICS 400 Advanced ICS
ICS Instructor Level courses for all of the courses above
Other advanced ICS courses

Classes are scheduled every month at several State Technology Centers across Oklahoma. Also courses can be requested for custom delivery to your city/town/entity that will be delivered to your dates and working schedule.

For questions or to enroll in a course call OSU-FST at 1-800-304-5727 or register online at http://www.osufst.org/NIMS/nims.htm

Internet Courses

IS700 NIMS: An Introduction
his is a Web-based awareness level course that introduces NIMS and takes approximately three hours to complete. It explains the purpose, principles, key components and benefits of NIMS. The course also contains "Planning Activity" screens giving you an opportunity to complete some planning tasks during this course. The planning activity screens are printable so that you can use them after you complete the course.  http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/is700.asp

ICS 100, Introduction to the Incident Command System  
his course introduces the Incident Command System (ICS) and provides the foundation for higher level ICS training. This course describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the Incident Command System. It also explains the relationship between ICS and the National Incident Management System (NIMS).  http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/is100.asp

ICS 200 for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
CS 200 is designed to enable personnel to operate efficiently during an incident or event within the Incident Command System (ICS). ICS-200 provides training on and resources for personnel who are likely to assume a supervisory position within the ICS. IS-100 is a pre-requisite to the IS-200 course. http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/is200.asp

IS-800 National Response Plan (NRP), An Introduction

This course introduces you to the NRP, including the concept of operations upon which the plan is built, roles and responsibilities of the key players, and the organizational structures used to manage these resources. The NRP provides a framework to ensure that we can all work together when our Nation is threatened.  The course is designed for DHS and other federal department/agency staff responsible for implementing the NRP, as well as state, local and private sector emergency management professionals whose primary responsibility is emergency management.  http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/is800a.asp