Directive No. 105

June 12, 2018

Subject: Required Use Of The Incident Command System (ICS) As A Standard Incident Management System For Emergency Management

    1. AGENCY means a division of government with specific function, or a non-governmental organization (e.g., private contractor, business, etc.) that offers a particular kind of assistance. Under the ICS, agencies are defined as jurisdictional (having statutory responsibility for incident mitigation) or assisting and/or cooperating (providing resources and/or assistance).
    2. INCIDENT COMMAND SYSTEM (ICS) means the management system designed to enable effective and efficient domestic incident management by integrating a combination of facilities, equipment, personnel, procedures, and communication operating within a common organizational structure. It is a fundamental form of management, with the purpose of enabling incident managers to identify the key concerns associated with the incident – often under urgent conditions – without sacrificing attention to any component of the command system.
    3. NATIONAL INCIDENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (NIMS) means the consistent, nationwide approach for federal, state, local and tribal governments, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector to work together more effectively and efficiently to manage incidents involving all threats and hazards, regardless of cause, size, location, or complexity, in order to reduce loss of life, property and harm to the environment.

    1. To facilitate efficient and effective assistance to impacted jurisdictions, it is important that all emergency response agencies at the federal, State, county, local and tribal levels, and their allied support agencies, utilize common terminology, integrated communications, consolidated action plans, single/unified command, modular organization, manageable span of control, comprehensive resource management and designated incident facilities during emergencies or disasters.

    1. New Jersey Executive Order 50 (Codey 2005) established NIMS as the State standard for incident management and mandated its use for all emergency incidents in the State.
    2. Agencies have been required, since December 31, 1999, to integrate the ICS into their emergency operations plans (EOP), standard operating procedures (SOP), standard operating guidelines (SOG), emergency response plans (ERP), and other written operational and planning tools. The ICS, as developed NIMS, sets forth standardized procedures for managing personnel, communications, facilities and resources.
    3. The New Jersey Office of Emergency Management (NJOEM) established a New Jersey All-Hazards Incident Management Team (NJ-AHIMT), a Type 3 All-Hazards Incident Management Team, to facilitate the most efficient and effective deployable incident management system. The NJ-AHIMT utilizes standardized terminology, standardized organizational structures, interoperable communications, consolidated action plans, unified command structures, uniform personnel qualification standards, and uniform standards for planning, training, and implementing comprehensive resource management.
      1. The NJ-AHIMT is a statewide resource, administered and managed by the NJOEM, that can be requested through NJOEM by any State agency, allied agency, County OEM, or Municipal OEM.
      2. The NJ-AHIMT, either in its entirety or its individual elements, is available for deployment outside New Jersey via the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), Resource Ordering and Status System (ROSS), or other approved mutual aid methods.

    1. FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) provides training to federal, state, local, tribal, volunteer, public and private sector officials to strengthen emergency management core competencies to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate the potential and actual effects of all types of disasters. The ICS training curriculum provided by EMI shall be the standard training program offered to the State’s emergency management community. NIMS Core Curriculum Courses are comprised of ICS, NIMS, and All-Hazards Position Specific (AHPS) courses.
    2. To further the State of New Jersey’s efforts to fully adopt and remain in compliance with FEMA’s evolving requirements for the NIMS and enhance the ability of all State, county, local and tribal emergency management responders to prevent, protect, mitigate, respond to and recover from all-hazards events, NJOEM shall adopt the All-Hazards Incident Management Teams Association’s model Interstate Incident Management Team Qualifications System (IIMTQS) Guide and Position Task Books (PTBs) for use by the NJ-AHIMT.
    3. The New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety, Division of New Jersey State Police, NJOEM, New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, Division of Fire Safety, and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Forest Fire Service, have, by memorandum of understanding, agreed to provide the State emergency management community with ICS training.
    1. Directive No. 105 dated June 12, 2018, is hereby effective immediately and replaces Directive No. 105 dated September 29, 1999.


Patrick J. Callahan
State Director