An Article Out Loud Flashback from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, May 15, 2013.
The United States already has a national system in place that can help responders “manage” any disaster situation – both natural and manmade. By adapting and modifying the concepts and processes of the Incident Command System, large and small jurisdictions alike can easily incorporate several categories of specialized response teams into complex response efforts.
Narrated by MacGregor Stephenson.
Stephen Grainer is the chief of IMS programs for the Virginia Department of Fire Programs (VDFP). He has served in Virginia fire and emergency services and emergency management coordination programs since 1972 – in assignments ranging from firefighter to chief officer. He also has been a curriculum developer, content evaluator, and instructor, and currently is developing and managing the VDFP programs needed to enable emergency responders and others to meet the NIMS-compliance requirements established by the federal government for incident management. From 2010 to 2012, he served as president of the All-Hazards Incident Management Teams Association.