DOHA, Qatar - ITT Exelis employees taught a Incident Command System, or ICS, course to soldiers and civilians on Camp As Sayliyah in February.
"During my 10 years in the Massachusetts Army National Guard, units I've served in have been activated in response to hurricanes, tornados, floods, snow storms, terrorist threats, and supporting large civic events. The information I learned in National Incident Management System ICS 300 and 400 was invaluable to understanding how different entities come together to effectively respond to and manage these types of situations. As the national guard's role in domestic responses continues to expand, the need for soldiers to be exposed to this material is vital," said Capt. David A. Falvey, commander, 972nd Military Police Company, Massachusetts Army National Guard.
According to John Britt, medical services manager, Area Support Group - Qatar, and one of the instructors, NIMS was developed in 2003 after a presidential directive requiring a national incident management system be created.
NIMS itself builds on ICS and has become the overall system that provides a consistent nationwide template to enable Federal, State, tribal, and local governments, the private sector, and nongovernmental organizations to work together to prepare for, prevent, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of incidents, regardless of cause, size, location, or complexity, in order to reduce the loss of life, property, and harm to the environment.