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    Default Level 1 IMS certification

    Does anyone know if I-200, Basic ICS for the operational first responder, available on the FEMA training website is an acceptable I-200 program for Level 1 IMS Certification through the NJ Division of Fire Safety?

    I have been told it is and I have also been told it isn't. I was wondering if anyone else attempted to submit that program for Level 1 certification and had any luck.

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    The short answer is, it depends. Yeah, I know, let me try to explain a bit. As the course on the FEMA site (and its predecessary I-195) are web-based courses and don't include interactions with others, DFS is hesitant to accept them. It seems that as a standard practice, they see key value in the discussions, interactions, Questions/Answers, etc. that take place during a face-to-face course.

    That being said, they *may consider* accepting the online courses depending on your background, years in service, other IMS couses (face-to-face), etc.

    I believe their biggest concern is providing certifications that lead to officership (sp?) for individuals who've been trained in a vacuum (no interactive experiences).

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    NEW JERSEY DIVISION OF FIRE SAFETY FAQ's

    What classes are available as substitutions for IMS Certification?

    Courses Accepted for Level I Certification

    *National Wildfire Coordinating Group Basic Incident Command System
    *FIRESCOPE Incident Command System
    *NJ State Police Incident Command System
    *National Wildfire Coordinating Group Incident Command System I-120
    *National Wildfire Coordinating Group Incident Command System I-220
    *National Fire Academy Incident Command System
    *National Fire Academy Incident Command System and Structural Firefighting
    *National Fire Protection Association's Fire Ground Commander
    *National Fire Academy Command and Control of Fire Department Multi-Alarm Incidents (or Major Operations) R308
    *National Fire Academy Command and Control of Major Fire Department Operations at Target Hazards R314
    *New York State Fire Academy Incident Command System
    *Emergency Management Institute Incident Command System Basic IS-195

    Source: NEW JERSEY DIVISION OF FIRE SAFETY FAQ's

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    OK thanks. I have been in the fire service for 5 years and I am an officer in the company...so hopefully they take it into consideration. I'll submit the paperwork and see where it goes from there.

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    The Division of fire safety has decided not to accept any on line class for ims 200. The belive that you have to be present in a classroom and participate in hands on table top exercises to be certified by them.

    Contact the training section of the Division and ask. this is their stance!
    "Let No Firefighters Ghost Return To Say Their Training Let Them Down"

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    This is an old post...I took the class online...submitted the paperwork...and got my Level 1 IMS certification in the mail. However, I do believe FEMA is taking the ICS courses offline for that reason.

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