[cifnmedia] F.O.P. Welcomes Ridge Approval of NIMS

  • From: Sean & Kimberly Aaron <cifn@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2004 02:21:13 -0800 (PST)

F.O.P. Welcomes Ridge Approval of the National Incident Management System (NIMS)

3/1/2004 4:43:00 PM 


To: National Desk 

Contact: Tim Richardson of the Fraternal Order of Police, 202-547-8189

WASHINGTON, March 1 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Chuck Canterbury, national president of 
the Fraternal Order of Police, welcomed today's news that Tom Ridge, Secretary 
of the Department of Homeland Security, had approved the National Incident 
Management System (NIMS), the nation's first standardized management plan that 
creates a unified chain of command for Federal, State, and local lines of 
government for incident response.

"The National Incident Management System, which was designed with input from 
the Fraternal Order of Police, will help to strengthen our response 
capabilities by identifying and integrating core elements and best practices 
for all responders and incident managers," Canterbury explained. "Through a 
balance between flexibility and standardization, and use of common doctrine, 
terminology, concepts, principles, and processes, execution during a real 
incident will be consistent and seamless. Responders will be able to focus more 
on response, instead of organizing the response."

Secretary Ridge praised the hard work of law enforcement officers and other 
first responders, saying, "I recognize the efforts of the dedicated 
professionals from state and local governments, law enforcement, the fire and 
emergency management communities, emergency medical services, tribal 
associations, public health, the private sector, public works, and non- 
governmental organizations across America who teamed together in a 
collaborative effort to create NIMS," Ridge said. "This unique system gives all 
of our nation's responders the same framework for incident management and fully 
puts into practice the concept of, 'One mission, one team, one fight.'"

The completion of NIMS follows the October 2003 nationwide deployment of the 
Initial National Response Plan (INRP), which the F.O.P. also helped to develop. 
NIMS will provide national doctrinal guidance for incident management for acts 
of terrorism, natural disasters, and other emergencies.

The Fraternal Order of Police is the largest law enforcement labor organization 
in the United States, with more than 311,000 members.



/© 2004 U.S. Newswire 202-347-2770/

Sean A. Aaron (CIFN*1)
Central Illinois Fire Network

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