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Starting in 2017, St. Louis Area Regional Response System (STARRS) will hold a free training course for elected officials and department heads on the National Incident Management System (NIMS).

The three-hour training is designed to provide elected and appointed officials with a clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities for successful emergency management and incident response. Local emergency management experts will lead the course, which covers:

  • Role of elected/senior officials in the Incident Command System (ICS) structure.
  • Basic organization of ICS and the functional responsibilities of various staff.
  • The administrative, logistical, financial, and reporting implications of large incident operations.

All elected officials and department heads who have not received NIMS training in the last five years should attend this course. In addition to enhancing the region’s response capabilities, the adoption and implementation of NIMS may be required for receiving disaster-related federal grants, contracts and other activities.

To accommodate attendees from throughout the region, STARRS is offering the NIMS training on multiple dates and in multiple locations from January to June. The schedule is listed below. To register for a training, select the ticket that corresponds to the location/date you would like to attend.

Upcoming NIMS Trainings

Monroe County Government Annex Building: 6/8, 6-9 p.m.
901 Illinois Avenue
Waterloo, IL 62298

The Lodge – City of Des Peres: 6/14, 2-5 p.m.
1050 Des Peres Road
St. Louis, MO 63131

West County EMS – Station #2: 6/22, 6-9 p.m.
13790 Manchester Road
Ballwin, Missouri 63011

The Lodge – City of Des Peres: 8/10, 6-9 p.m.
1050 Des Peres Road
St. Louis, MO 63131

Olivette City Center -- Community Room: 9/14, 2-5 p.m.
1140 Dielmanm
Olivette MO 63132

Metro East Park & Recreation District: 10/12, 2-5 p.m.
104 United Dr.
Collinsville, IL 62234

Bellefontaine Neighbors Recreational Center: 11/9, 2-5 p.m.
9641 Bellefontaine Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63137

Webster Groves Recreation Complex: 12/14, 2-5 p.m.
33 E. Glendale
Webster Groves, MO 63119

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and why is it important?

A: NIMS provides a consistent national approach for all levels of government, the private sector, and nongovernmental organizations (NGO) to jointly manage incidents, threats and hazards in order to reduce the loss of life, property, and harm to the environment.

NIMS adoption and implementation may also be a condition for communities to receive disaster-related federal grants, contracts and other activities.

Q: What is the NIMS Training Program?

A: The Training Program defines the content for a variety of courses on the four main components of NIMS: Preparedness, Communications and Information Management, Resource Management, and Command and Management. STARRS is offering “G-402: Incident Command System (ICS) Overview for Executives/Senior Officials,” a course recommended by FEMA specifically for elected and appointed officials.

Q: If I complete a NIMS training will my municipality be compliant with NIMS?

A: No, the implementation of NIMS consists of much more than just completing the training courses, such as the adoption of the Incident Command System (ICS) and the inventorying of resources. Your organization should coordinate its NIMS implementation efforts with local and state emergency management agencies.

Q: What if I think I have already taken a NIMS course?

A: If you have taken a NIMS Training Program course in the last five years, than you do not need to attend the training being offered by STARRS.

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