FEMA's National Incident Management System, or NIMS, courses are required for state and local entities to receive federal preparedness funding. Personnel involved in emergency preparedness and incident management or response must complete the training. This includes emergency medical technicians, paramedics, firefighters, law enforcement and other emergency management and support personnel.
Developed over four decades and codified into law by the Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act of 2006, the NIMS program presents a standardized approach to incident prevention, preparedness, response and mitigation for incidents of all sizes and locations for public and private organizations. Basic courses include IS-700: National Incident Management System, An Introduction and ICS-100: Introduction to the Incident Command System.