NIMS compliance for volunteer dept.
I know that we have to be NIMS compliant for future federal funding. But how??? I've looked through the documents on the NIMS website and get nothing but conflicting answers from the agency that's supposed to administer it.
FEMA says, in the FAQ section, that as volunteers we aren't required to comply with NIMS and ICS. However, they turn right around and say we should have ICS-700 and ICS-100.
So can anybody give us a straight answer? What exactly do we have to do to be in compliance with this? Like most depts. we're only doing it for the funding.
Do we have to pass a resolution stating that we will follow NIMS protocols? I guess my question is how will they know (for grants) that we are in compliance?
And who takes which courses?
Whoooaaaa.....hold it now
Let's not start Freakin out here.......
YES you need to be NIMS comp. if you want Federal Money.
YES it applies to FIRE/EMS/COPS, as well as Public Works, City Managers, Village/District boards, and even the Parks Depts.
HOW you get the training is simple also; talk with your county or even State Emergency Mgmnt / ESDA / EMA folks. They can train the above mentioned people, and IF NOT, They should know who can.
You show compliance by passing an ordinance, resoultion etc formally stating your city, town, village, etc. accepts it, and you keep copies of everyone's cert. which can be obtained by everyone going through online course or by above mentioned on site training.
The N.I.M.S. website has wealth of knowledge and allows you to sign up for email alerts.