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Informed’s NIMS Incident Command System Field Guide



Whether you’re at the local, state or federal level or in private industry, Informed’s NIMS Incident Command System Field Guide puts NIMS compliance information at your fingertips. This reference clearly and concisely outlines what you need to know about NIMS objectives, making it an ideal tool for NIMS and incident command training, during training and functional exercises and, most importantly, in the field where you need it most. Combine this guide with your training and feel confident that your NIMS compliance requirements are met.

Informed’s NIMS Incident Command System Field Guide features:

  • An expanded section on the operational planning process
  • Improved checklists for all functional positions
  • Updated information on the relationship between NIMS and the National Response Framework (NRF)
  • Expanded information on Multiagency Coordination Systems and Joint Information Systems
  • Enhanced coverage of intelligence and investigation functions
  • Center Management System (CMS) and the activation levels

The Third Edition covers:

  • NIMS Overview and Major Components
  • Joint Information Systems
  • Multi-Agency Coordination System
  • Incident Command System Concepts
  • Sample Planning Schedules
  • Sample Meeting Agenda
  • Position-Specific Prompts for Command and Operations
  • Sample ICS Organizational Charts
  • Planning Process and Cycle
  • Incident Action Plan (IAP)
  • ICS Form Title and Number
  • National Response Framework Relationship
  • NIMS/ICS Glossary and Acronyms
  • ICS Position Responsibilities and Checklists


  • Section NIMS Concepts and Principles
  • Section Incident Command/ Unified Command
  • Section Operations Section
  • Section Planning Section
  • Section Logistics Section
  • Section Finance Section
  • Section Intelligence and Investigation
  • Section Common Responsibilities
  • Section Operational Planning Cycle
  • Section Glossary
  • Section Acronyms
  • Section ICS Form Number/Title/Prepared By
  • Section ICS Forms Notepads


About the Author

Michael J. Ward, MGA, MIFireE has four decades of emergency service experience in volunteer, contract and career roles. Retired as a Captain II/paramedic from Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department was Executive Director of EMS Services for Saint Clare’s Hospital in Dover, NJ. Fire Science Program Head at Northern Virginia Community College. A dozen years as an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at The George Washington University in Washington DC. Currently a Senior Associate with Fitch and Associates.

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