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National Incident Management System: Principles and Practice, Second Edition

Completely updated to reflect the latest changes in the National Incident Management System.

Developed and implemented by the United States Department of Homeland Security, the National Incident Management System (NIMS) outlines a comprehensive national approach to emergency management. It enables federal, state, and local government entities along with private sector organizations to respond to emergency incidents together in order reduce the loss of life and property and environmental harm.

National Incident Management System: Principles and Practice, Second Edition translates the goals of the NIMS doctrine from theory into application, and provides straight-forward guidance on how to understand and implement NIMS within any private, emergency response, or governmental organization. The Second Edition features:

  • Up-to-date coverage of the most current NIMS guidelines
  • Progressive rural- and urban-based case studies, including completed ICS forms, help readers understand their roles within the various components of NIMS
  • Helpful tables and graphics to simplify complex subject matter and reinforce important NIMS concepts

National Incident Management System: Principles and Practice is ideal for:

• Fire, rescue, EMS, and law enforcement personnel
• Federal, state, tribal, and local governmental employees
• Health care professionals and hospital workers
• Any employee working for a private company that may be directly involved in response operations

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Section  1  Understanding the National Incident Management System
  Chapter  1  Introduction to the National Incident Management System
  Chapter  2  Integration of the Incident Command System
  Chapter  3  Command
  Chapter  4  Operations
  Chapter  5  Planning
  Chapter  6  Logistics
  Chapter  7  Finance/Administration
  Chapter  8  Information and Intelligence Function
  Chapter  9  Multiagency Coordination Systems
  Chapter  10  Public Information
  Chapter  11  Preparedness
  Chapter  12  Communications and Information Management
  Chapter  13  Resource Management
  Chapter  14  Supporting Technologies
Section  2  Utilizing the National Incident Management System
  Chapter  15  National Response Framework
  Chapter  16  Implementation of the NIMS
  Chapter  17  Putting It All Together: NIMS Evaluation and Maintenance

Dr. Donald W. Walsh, PhD, EMT-P

Dr. Donald W. Walsh has a vast array of experience from his 30-year Chicago Fire Department career and continues his involvement at all levels. Between 1976 and 2007, Dr. Walsh worked for the Chicago Fire Department’s Bureau of Operations, where he served as a licensed paramedic, EMS manager, educator, instructor, chief officer, and assistant deputy fire commissioner for the EMS Division, where he managed the second-largest EMS system in the United States. His public safety background includes being an adjunct faculty member of the National Fire Academy under the US Department of Homeland Security, president of the Chicago Fire Paramedics Association, and director of the Illinois Paramedics Association. He is on the board of directors and is the currently elected secretary of the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians.

As a respected international speaker, author, and educator, Dr. Walsh has lectured to public safety and healthcare industry audiences all over the world, addressing various topics in homeland security, EMS, fire rescue operations, law enforcement, and private industry. Dr. Walsh’s specialties and expertise include public safety management, strategic planning, incident command, incident management, disaster planning, and antiterrorism responses. Dr. Walsh has lectured and trained throughout the United States, as well as Europe, eastern Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and the former Soviet Union. Dr. Walsh has been a presenter on and has been interviewed by CNN International, Turkish National Television, 20/20, ABC News Magazine-New York, Discovery Channel, and many local television and radio stations and media outlets throughout the United States, the Middle East, and Europe. Dr. Walsh has published more than 60 national and international articles and scientific abstracts in professional and peer-reviewed journals, and he serves on many professional peer-reviewed journal editorial and advisory boards. Dr. Walsh was elected as a Fellow to the Institute of Medicine of Chicago and also served as a subject matter expert for the US Army and NASA on fire fighter safety issues in coordination with the US Fire Administration.

Throughout his career, Dr. Walsh has been awarded the James O. Page Leadership Award, EMS Fire Chief of the Year from the International Association of Fire Chiefs, Paramedic of the Year from EMS Magazine, Paramedic of the Year from the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians, a City of Chicago Recognition Resolution, and a State of Illinois House of Representatives Recognition Resolution.

Dr. Walsh’s extensive background in public safety and private industry has fostered new technologies and programs in the areas of antiterrorism training, incident command, rescue equipment development, and disaster management response programs. His most recent research on fire smoke and cyanide treatments has been published in peer-reviewed and professional publications. Within the fields of fire service, EMS, and organizational planning, Dr. Walsh has assisted with corporate and public safety information technologies and educational programs, as well as global networking and research development programs. In addition to his government and consultant activities, Dr. Walsh is currently working with private-sector businesses and industries to develop corporate educational programs, public safety programs, and information technology systems.

Dr. Walsh is currently working on new fire safety technologies and research on the dangers of fire smoke, cyanide identification and treatment protocols, fire suppression foam systems, and technologies and antiterrorism preparedness programs related to cyanide weapons and disaster management.


Dr. Hank T. Christen Jr., EdD, MPA

Dr. Hank T. Christen has been a consultant in the fields of emergency response and counterterrorism for US Department of Defense agencies, federal response agencies, and local government public safety agencies since 2000. He was previously a battalion chief for the Atlanta Fire Department and director of Emergency Services for Okaloosa County, Florida. He served as unit commander for the Gulf Coast Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) and has responded to 12 national disasters, including the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

Dr. Christen is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine and has published more than 30 articles in technical journals. He is the coauthor of The EMS Incident Management System, Understanding Terrorism and Managing Its Consequences, and Terrorism Response: Field Guide for Law Enforcement.

Dr. Christen has been a speaker at national conferences for the past 20 years. He was a member of the US Department of Defense, Defense Science Board (Transnational Threats, 1997) and the US Army Interagency Board for Medical Logistics. He was a member of the Executive Session on Domestic Preparedness, a faculty member at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and he is currently an affiliate faculty member at George Washington University Medical School, Auburn University, and the Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education at the University of Miami.

A Miami native, Dr. Christen completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Florida and his doctoral degree in human performance technology at the University of West Florida.

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Graydon C. Lord, MS, NREMT-P

Graydon C. Lord presently serves as associate director of the National EMS Preparedness Initiative at George Washington University’s Office of Homeland Security and senior policy analyst on emergency response and homeland security. Chief Lord came to George Washington University after nearly 5 years as division chief of Emergency Medical Services for Cherokee County Fire Department in Cherokee County, Georgia.

In this capacity, Chief Lord evaluated the EMS system and determined that the needs of the community would best be met by creating a fully integrated, dual-role, cross-trained, fire-based EMS system. Chief Lord provided leadership and operational execution to achieve that goal. Cherokee County Fire Department now has 200 EMTs and paramedics who serve 500 square miles in both an urban and rural environment with Advanced Life Support ambulances.

Chief Lord became an EMT and paramedic in 1980 and was promoted through the ranks to become EMS operations chief of the second-largest EMS system in New England at Worcester Emergency Medical Services in Worcester, Massachusetts, until his retirement in 2001.

Chief Lord lectures nationally and internationally on EMS systems development, leadership and operations, disaster response, and homeland security preparedness. He is an adjunct faculty member for various institutions and agencies, including the Institute for International Disaster Emergency Medicine, Group Trauma Services of Portugal, Texas A&M University, US Department of Justice, US Department of Homeland Security, University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Copenhagen Fire Department, Appalachian Technical College, and the Georgia Public Safety Center. He was appointed by former President George W. Bush to serve on the National Commission on Children and Disasters and also holds an appointment to the US Department of Defense InterAgency Board.

Chief Lord is a member or officer of several professional organizations, including the International Association of Emergency Medical Services Chiefs (IAEMSC), National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT), National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT), National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP), and Georgia Association of Emergency Medical Services (GAEMS). He is a past member of the board of directors for the NAEMT and the GAEMS.

Geoffrey T. Miller, AS, EMT-P

Geoffrey T. Miller is the associate director of Research and Curriculum Development for the Division of Prehospital and Emergency Healthcare at the Michael S. Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education (GCRME) at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Mr. Miller began his career in public safety 20 years ago. Previously Mr. Miller worked as a paramedic fire fighter with Alachua County Fire Rescue before moving into EMS education. During his time with Alachua County Fire Rescue, he also oversaw projects on system utilization and hospital diversions, and he assisted in the development and implementation of E911 system upgrades, electronic patient tracking, and reporting and medical care protocol refinements. Following his service in fire rescue, Mr. Miller served as associate professor of EMS programs at Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, Florida. There he led the school’s participation as a field test site in the pilot testing of the US Department of Transportation national standard curriculum for paramedics.

Mr. Miller joined the GCRME more than 9 years ago and has since worked in the areas of patient simulation, interactive multimedia computer learning systems, emergency medical skills training, terrorism response, and disaster medical response and management. He is active in the areas of applied outcomes research in education, with an emphasis on the creation and improvement of methods of clinical competence assessment using advanced educational technology and simulation. Presently Mr. Miller develops, implements, disseminates, and evaluates innovative EMS curricula and assessment systems that are used by prehospital providers, medical schools, and US Army medical teams throughout the United States.

Mr. Miller is actively engaged in scholarly research and publication in EMS practice and education. He has coauthored several books, including Arrhythmia Recognition: The Art of Interpretation. Mr. Miller is a frequent author and coauthor in emergency medical services and emergency care journals. He is regularly invited to speak at state, national, and international conferences.

Mr. Miller is a member of numerous local, state, and national EMS professional organizations and committees that advise fire rescue, EMS, law enforcement, public health, and hospitals. Mr. Miller is also an active member of national and Florida state educational organizations and has served twice as the president of the Florida Association of EMS Educators. In 2000, Mr. Miller was recognized as the Paramedic Instructor of the Year by the Florida Association of EMS Educators. In 2003, he was recognized as the EMS Educator of the Year by the State of Florida Department of Health Bureau of EMS. In 2005, he received the Mary Ann Talley award for EMS education from the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians.

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Paul M. Maniscalco, MPA, MS, EMT-P

Paul M. Maniscalco is a senior research scientist and principal investigator at George Washington University. He presently serves as the first president of the International Association of EMS Chiefs. Chief Maniscalco is a former president of the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT), a past chairman of the NAEMT National EMS Chief Officers Division, and a former deputy chief/paramedic for the City of New York. Chief Maniscalco has more than 30 years of public safety response, supervisory, and management experience.

Chief Maniscalco has lectured extensively and is widely published in academic and professional journals on EMS, fire service, public safety, and national security issues. He is the coauthor of The EMS Incident Management System: EMS Operations for Mass Casualty and High Impact Incidents and a contributing author to the following texts: Hype or Reality? The “New Terrorism” and Mass Casualty Attacks by the Chemical and Biological Arms Control Institute; Model Procedures Guide for Emergency Medical Incidents by the National Fire Service Incident Management System Consortium; and Understanding Terrorism and Managing the Consequences, Mass Casualty and High Impact Incidents: An Operations Management Guide, and Public Health Guide for Emergencies by the IFRC/RC Society and Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health Center for Disaster and Refugee Studies. In collaboration with organizations including the United Nations, Pan American Health Organization, American Health Organization, United States Agency for International Development, World Health Organization, and International Federation of Red Cross and International Committee of the Red Cross, Chief Maniscalco has participated in public safety and emergency and disaster response capacity-building projects in India, St. Maarten, Turkey, Kenya, and Tanzania.

Chief Maniscalco is an appointee to the President’s Homeland Security Advisory Council Senior Advisory Committee for Emergency Services, Law Enforcement, and Public Health and Hospitals. He is a member of the US Department of Defense’s Defense Science Board (DSB), Transnational Threat Study, and Chemical Weapons Task Force, as well as a member of the Interagency Board for the Departments of Homeland Security, Defense, and Justice. Chief Maniscalco has served as an advisor to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and was appointed to the Centers for Strategic and International Studies Homeland Security Task Force, as well as the Congressionally-mandated National Panel to Assess Domestic Preparedness (Gilmore National Terrorism Commission), where he also served as the chairman of the Threat Reassessment Panel, State, and Local Response Panel and Research Panel. Additionally, he served on the Cyber-Terrorism and Critical Infrastructure Panels during this 5-year commission. Chief Maniscalco also received an appointment to Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in an Executive Session on Domestic Preparedness fellowship sponsored by the US Department of Justice.

Chief Maniscalco has earned numerous awards and honors for professional achievement and service from government, corporate, and professional organizations. He was awarded more than 100 commendations from the City of New York during his 22-year career, including the Medal of Honor. In 2003, he received the NAEMT’s Rocco V. Morando Lifetime Achievement Award for significant sustained professional achievement and contributions of national impact to the profession.

Chief Maniscalco earned a baccalaureate degree in public administration, public health, and safety from the City University of New York and a master’s degree in public administration, foreign policy, and national security from the NYU-Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. He is presently pursuing additional graduate studies with a research focus on organizational behavior and emergency response to disasters and terrorism incidents.

Christian E. Callsen Jr., LP & Neal J. Dolan, BS, MCJ, NREMT-P

Christian “Chris” E. Callsen, Jr., is an experienced emergency services and homeland security leader and educator with a broad range of professional experience. In his 26-year career in public safety, he has served in volunteer and career organizations nationwide. Recently he retired as the assistant chief of operations for Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services in Austin, Texas. Chief Callsen now serves as the chief operating officer for North America at Optima and maintains a consultancy in emergency services and incident management. Credentialed as both an incident commander and planning section chief for Type III IMTs, Chief Callsen has extensive practical experience in major incident response, including Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Chief Callsen has been active in several areas of local, regional, and national homeland security planning through participation on the Austin/Travis County Counter Terrorism Planning Group, as the inaugural chair of the Capital Area Planning Council’s Homeland Security Task Force, and as a member of the federal Interagency Board for Equipment Standardization. Educated at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, Chief Callsen has had assignments throughout his EMS career as a flight paramedic, a field training officer, and a clinical practice manager, as well as a senior operations chief.

Neal J. Dolan currently serves as deputy director for the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED), which is the state’s designated homeland security agency responsible for planning, budgeting, and distributing grants. In this capacity, Mr. Dolan oversees the statewide operations of approximately 600 employees involved in criminal investigations, homeland security, and statutory regulatory functions.

Prior to his current position at SLED, Mr. Dolan was the special agent in charge for the US Secret Service in the South Carolina District with overall command and managerial responsibility for Secret Service operations and offices in Columbia, Greenville, and Charleston. Mr. Dolan served with the US Secret Service for 25 years. His past assignments include the Miami field office, the Office of Training, the Presidential Protective Division, the Office of the Assistant Director for Investigations, and the Orlando field office.

Mr. Dolan has extensive experience in large event planning, logistics, safety, and security. He was part of the US Department of Homeland Security executive planning board for the G-8 Summit in St. Simons, Georgia. Mr. Dolan is also a nationally registered paramedic who is credited with creating numerous innovative programs in the areas of emergency medicine, tactical medicine, and medical support teams for the US Secret Service. He also served as chairman of the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians, National Paramedic Division.

In 1993, Mr. Dolan was temporarily assigned as a Secret Service tactical paramedic to the FBI’s hostage rescue team to provide medical assistance during the Branch Davidian incident in Waco, Texas. During the 50 days of this siege, more than 200 people were treated for injuries ranging from minor heat-related illnesses to severe burns after the compound was engulfed in flames.

Mr. Dolan has lectured extensively and is widely published in academic and professional journals on EMS, law enforcement, public safety, and national security issues. He is also a contributing author to Understanding Terrorism and Managing the Consequences, Terrorism Response: Field Guide for Law Enforcement, and Terrorism Response: Field Guide for Fire and EMS Organizations.

Prior to his work with the US Secret Service, Mr. Dolan was a police officer in North Attleboro, Massachusetts; a lieutenant with the Lexington County Sheriff Department in Lexington, South Carolina; and director of the Criminal Justice Program at Horry-Georgetown Technical College in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Mr. Dolan has a BS in law enforcement from Bryant University and a master’s degree in criminal justice from the University of South Carolina.


Instructor's ToolKit CD-ROM

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Preparing for class is easy with the resources on this CD-ROM, including:

  • Adaptable PowerPoint presentations that provide you with a powerful way to make presentations that are educational and engaging to your students. These slides can be modified and edited to meet your needs.
  • Lecture outlines that provide you with complete, ready-to-use lecture outlines that include all of the topics covered in the text. Offered in Word Documents, the lecture outlines can be modified and customized to fit your course.
  • Electronic test bank that includes multiple-choice and scenario-based questions, and allows you to originate tailor-made classroom tests and quizzes quickly and easily by selecting, editing, organizing, and printing a test. An answer key with page references to the text is also provided.