National Incident Management System (NIMS)


NIMS provides a consistent nationwide template to enable Federal, State, tribal, and local governments, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector to work together to prevent, protect against, 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 and property and harm to the environment.

Emergency response operations work under a defined command and control system, referred to in NIMS as an Incident Command System (ICS). The university ICS team is designed to coordinate activities of responding agencies and ensure that all responders work toward the single goal of resolving the crisis as quickly and efficiently as possible while coordinating with the BCP Administrative Chain of Command and Emergency Response Team.

The university ISC Team consists of the following roles and responsibilities:

Incident Command System Team ICS Responsibility
Office of the President Incident Commander (IC) *
Provost's Office and Academic Affairs Academic Affairs Liaison
Administration and Finance Administration Liaison
Human Resources/Affirmative Action Human Resources Liaison
Student Affairs Student Services Liaison
Business Services Business Services Liaison
Facilities Services Liaison Officer (LNO) *
Safety & Risk Management Safety Officer (SO) *
Marketing (Communications) Public Information Officer (PIO) *
Information Technology Web Services Manager (PIER)

* NIMS Incident Command System Command Staff Role Descriptions:

Incident Commander (IC) - the designated individual from the public agency or other responsible party who has the authority to act on behalf of their respective organizations. Most incidents have a single Incident Commander who is the final decision-making authority

Safety Officer (SO) - monitors safety conditions and develops measures for assuring the safety of all assigned personnel. Safety Officers have the authority, when necessary, to bypass the chain of command to stop or correct unsafe acts immediately.

Public Information Officer (PIO) - serves as a conduit for information to internal and external stakeholders, including the media

Liaison Officer (LNO) - serves as a primary contact for supporting agencies assisting at the incident

General Staff 
Operations Section Chief
Planning Section Chief
Finance/Administration Section Chief
Logistics Section Chief