National Incident Management System

The National Incident Management System (NIMS) was established by the Department of Homeland Security in 2004.  The purpose of NIMS is to enable responders at all jurisdictional levels and across all disciplines to work together more effectively and efficiently.  Federal funding for preparedness grants was tied to NIMS compliance starting in FFY 2006.  The Incident Command System (ICS) is the standard, on-scene, all-hazards incident management system that has been used by firefighters for decades.  The ICS has been established by the NIMS as the standardized incident organizational structure for the management of all incidents.  The Kansas Department of Agriculture has adopted NIMS and all KDA employees are required to take NIMS training as part of their new employee orientation.  If an employee is expected to respond to an emergency, more advanced training is required.  Employees serving on the KDA Incident Response Team take even more advanced, position specific training and they participate in all exercises conducted by the Department.

KDA Incident Response Team

The KDA Incident Response Team is made up of approximately 40 individuals that work in over 20 programs and divisions across the department. The team consists of veterinarians, food safety inspectors, laboratory personnel, administrative professionals, plant pathologists and a wide variety of other titles spread across the agency. Team members have taken advanced ICS training and many have taken position specific training. Since the Department is statutorily responsible for responding to incidents involving food and agriculture, it is essential that we train staff and prepare to lead a response.