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National Incident Management System (NIMS)

While most emergency situations are handled successfully at the local level, larger incidents may require added coordination and response assistance from other jurisdictions, or state or federal agencies.

To effectively manage these events, the National Incident Management System (NIMS) was developed so that responders from different agencies, jurisdictions and disciplines can organize and work together quickly in a standardized command and operations structure.

NIMS benefits include a unified approach to incident management; standardized structure and naming conventions and an emphasis on preparedness, mutual aid and resource management. For more information on NIMS and training please visit the appropriate link below.

If after reading through this information you have questions on NIMS or ICS 300 and 400 courses, please consult our Training and Exercise Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) prior to contacting

NIMS Matrix

Anyone who has a role in the emergency response plan or the emergency operations plan for a jurisdiction, should complete training applicable to their responsibilities. For detailed training information please review the updated NIMS Matrix.

NIMS 300 and 400 Course

The National Integration Center (NIC) announced that individual states are responsible for administration of any NIMS 300 & 400 level courses. The following guidelines are provided pursuant to the NIC and taking into account FEMA’s National Emergency Training Center, Emergency Management Institute's Training Bulletin 892  and the National Incident Management System (NIMS) NIMS Matrix posted on HSEM’s Training Website.
Establishing these guidelines allows HSEM to:
  • Appropriately regulate the number of courses taught;
  • Ensure the latest courses materials are being used;
  • Ensure instructors meet the guidelines,
  • Report class attendance to the state, and meet the minimum course contact hours;
  • Hold instructors to a baseline quality standard using the course evaluation in the HSEM Training Registration Tracking system;
  • Establish that completion certificates for NIMS 300 & 400 level courses will be issued only to those who follow these guidelines through HSEM, EMI or TEEX.
 NIMS ICS-300 and ICS-400 courses NOT conducted at the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) or through a scheduled mobile delivery by Texas Engineering Extension Service/ National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center (TEEX/NERRTC), must be coordinated through the State Training Officer/State Administrative Agency Training Point of Contact (SAA TPOC).  In addition, the process used to request mobile training deliveries for TEEX/NERRTC courses or attendance at EMI courses is through the SAA TPOC. 
Click here to view the NIMS 300 and 400 Course Guidelines