Many law enforcement agencies utilize the National Incident Management System (NIMS) as the primary method to prepare for, respond to, and manage critical incidents. NIMS is a comprehensive national approach to incident management, applicable at all jurisdictional levels and across functional disciplines. It provides a consistent nationwide Incident Command System (ICS) approach for Federal, state, and local governments to work effectively and efficiently. ICS may be utilized for any size or type of critical incident or event as a means to coordinate the efforts of individual members and other responding agencies as they work toward the stabilization of the incident. The ICS may expand or contract depending on the complexity of the incident and the on-scene requirements, as determined by the incident commander.
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