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NIMS classes to be offered in Philip

National Incident Management System (NIMS) classes are scheduled to be held at the Philip Fire Hall on June 27 at 8:00 a.m. and run to approximately 3:30 a.m.

The Incident Command System (ICS) class program is a management system designed to enable effective and efficient domestic incident management, whether the incident be a tornado, act of terrorism, pandemic avian flu outbreak, wildland fire, or any other emergency.

The classes offered on June 27 are the ICS 100, 200 and 700 courses. These condensed classes are free to the public through a federal grant. Local groups and individuals required to take these classes are the Haakon County Commissioners, county treasurer and auditor, Philip City Council, Midland Town Council, Midland and Philip city works personnel, and all fire department members, ambulance personnel, law enforcement, hospital personnel and others in Haakon County who would respond in case of a disaster.

If these entities are not in full compliance by taking the required classes, Haakon County and other various entities will not be eligible to receive Homeland Security grants and many other possible grants.

Some people may have already taken one or more courses, and need only take the remaining classes. The ICS 700 class will start at 8:00 a.m. and run for approximately one hour. Class 100 will follow, starting at approximately 9:00 a.m. The 200 Class will start at 1:00 p.m. Russ Hendrix from Pierre will be the instructor for all the courses.

The ICS 100, 200 and 700 classes can  also  be taken online at:   http://www.training.fema.gov/emiweb/is/. Click on “Our Courses”, then the proper course. If you choose to take the classes online, please notify Lola Roseth as to which classes you have completed. For questions regarding the classes, contact Lola Roseth at 567-3515 or 567-3555.