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NIMS version: March 1, 2004
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Tab 7
NIMS - Predesignated Facilities and Areas

A. Incident Command Post

B. Incident Base

C. Camps

D. Mobilization and Staging Areas



Several kinds and types of facilities may be established in and around the incident area. The requirements of the incident and the desires of the IC will determine the specific kinds of facilities used and their locations and may consist of the following designated facilities, among various others:

 

A. INCIDENT COMMAND POST.

The ICP signifies the location of the tactical-level, on-scene incident command and management organization. It typically comprises the IC and immediate staff and may include other designated incident management officials and responders from Federal, State, local, and tribal agencies, as well as private-sector and nongovernmental organizations. Typically, the ICP is located at or in the immediate vicinity of the incident site and is the locus for the conduct of direct, on-scene control of tactical operations. Incident planning is also conducted at the ICP; an incident communications center also would normally be established at this location. The ICP may be collocated with the incident base, if the communications requirements can be met. The ICP may perform local EOC-like functions in the context of smaller jurisdictions or less complex incident scenarios.


B. INCIDENT BASE.

An Incident Base is the location at which primary support activities are conducted. A single incident base is established to house all equipment and personnel support operations. The Logistics Section, which orders all resources and supplies, is also located at this base. The Incident Base should be designed to be able to support operations at multiple incident sites.

 

C. CAMPS.

Camps are separate from the Incident Base and are located in satellite fashion from the Incident Base where they can best support incident operations. Camps provide certain essential auxiliary forms of support, such as food, sleeping areas, and sanitation. Camps may also provide minor maintenance and servicing of equipment. Camps may be relocated to meet changing operational requirements.

 

D. MOBILIZATION AND STAGING AREAS.

Staging areas are established for temporary location of available resources. Staging
Areas will be established by the Operations Section Chief to enable positioning of and accounting for resources not immediately assigned. A Staging Area can be any location in which personnel, supplies, and equipment can be temporarily housed or parked while awaiting operational assignment. Staging Areas may include temporary feeding, fueling, and sanitation services. The Operations Section Chief assigns a manager for each Staging Area, who checks in all incoming resources, dispatches resources at the Operations Section Chief’s request, and requests Logistics Section Support, as necessary, for resources located in the Staging Area. Personnel check in with the Resources Unit at the Staging Area, while supplies and equipment are checked in with the Supply Unit. If neither of these functions is activated, resources report to the Staging Area Manager for direction.


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