Posted on January 05, 2015
The National Incident Management System (NIMS) is the national standard for managing emergency response efforts between government organizations, non-governmental organizations, and private sectors in order to assure efficient, calculated, and successful emergency response efforts. As part of NIMS, the Incident Command System (ICS) is a tool used to aid in this coordination between the command and control of emergency responses.
Personnel, policies, procedures, facilities, and equipment all fall under the operation of the ICS. It is a harmonious synchronization of these elements of operation that gives first-responders the absolute best chance of successfully dealing with the situation they’ve been entrusted to handle.
Major factors to bear in mind in order to accomplish proper utilization of your ICS, first include addressing the confusion, panic, and pressure first-responders typically face when first confronting an emergency situation. Organization and planning are two incredibly powerful tools when it comes to effectively managing chaotic scenarios.
Anything that helps ensure organization and proper, thought-out plans are being actively addressed can mean the difference between success and failure in a high-stakes environment. This is where the Incident Command Board should be called upon.
The Incident Command Board (ICB) complements the first-responder’s ICS by giving them a valuable instrument for aiding in the task of making fast, accurate decisions during emergency responses; it is a portable, incident-management tool and was made with a special focus on the unique nature of high-stress scenarios. The aim of the ICB is to amplify swift decision-making, resource management, and strategic planning—all packaged up and laid-out on an intuitive, user-friendly design. Mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery: these are the core tenants the ICB is founded on.
In addition to being fully compliant with the aforementioned NIMS, the Incident Command Board is undoubtedly an integral part to any first-responders’ arsenal of tools that add to not only their preparedness, but their actual operating procedures, as well. When standard protocol and decision-making can be outsourced to a trusted point of reference so that first-responders can truly give 100% to alleviating the situation at hand, instead of succumbing to the stress and confusion that goes hand in hand with improvisation…well, surely anyone can get ‘on board’ with that!
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