NIMS is dead…you still have to take the classes and jump through the hoops…but the practice is dead. Few if any local governments or response agencies are truly NIMS compliant and the NIMS CAST has become just another checklist – to “say” we’ve done it. In reality our practice of NIMS under the National Response Framework is no better off at improving on-scene coordination and interoperability than twenty years ago.
Sometimes I worry that I go too much for shock value when I title posts around here. Rick Russotti said the above in a recent editorial. Rick is an emergency responder badass and he says that NIMS is dead, so I figure that so long as I title things a smidge below Rick’s level, I should be okay.
Beyond that, the full post is an interesting argument about the hoops we all jump through.