The training requirements for NIMS/ICS compliance are based on the criteria established in the National Incident Management System Training Program published by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Integration Center (NIC), Incident Management Systems Integration (IMSI) Division.
The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) complies with the federal requirements. In order to clearly and easily identify people and positions for training, DSHS uses “levels”. Level One staff are those whose responsibilities during a disaster are the same as they are at other times, ensuring continuity of operations (COOP). Level Two staff are those who may have a role in the disaster response, but will not have a decision-making responsibility. Level Three staff are those with limited decision-making responsibilities during disaster response and Level Four staff are the personnel assigned to provide disaster response leadership within the Incident Command structure. The use of levels is intended to further explain the requirement outlined in the Five-Year NIMS Training Plan.
The Five-Year NIMS Training Plan identifies three levels of training; Awareness (DSHS Level One) (intended to include all personnel who may in any way have their work affected by a disaster or be required to respond to a disaster), Advanced (DSHS Levels Two through Four) (those personnel who are expected to function in a leadership or executive capacity during the response to a disaster) and Practicum (specific DSHS Level Three and Four personnel) (advanced, specific training intended to further develop skills that are already present).
TX DSHS Level One personnel are required to complete IS-100, IS-200 and IS-700.
TX DSHS Level Two personnel are required to complete IS-100, IS-200, IS-700 and any position-specific training that is identified by the agency.
TX DSHS Level Three personnel are required to complete IS-100, IS-200, ICS-300, IS-700 and IS-800 and any position-specific training that is identified by the agency.
TX DSHS Level Four personnel are required to complete IS-100, IS-200, ICS-300, ICS-400, IS-700 and IS-800 and any position-specific training that is identified by the agency.
All courses can be accessed at https://tx.train.org.
The current FEMA courses and their titles:
IS-100.b – Introduction to Incident Command System (ICS)
IS-200.b – ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
ICS-300 – Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents
ICS-400 – Advanced ICS
IS-700.a – National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction
IS-800.b – National Response Framework (NRF), An Introduction
-IS refers to courses offered online through independent study.
-ICS refers to ICS courses offered in instructor-led, live classroom environments only.