We are pleased to announce the release of the National Incident Management System Guideline for the Credentialing of Personnel. These guidelines offer an outline for processes to provide uniform credentials to authorized personnel who respond to and access specific disaster scenes.
We worked closely with our state, tribal, and local government partners and representatives from the private sector, including volunteer and nonprofit organizations, in developing this guideline to ensure:
- The credentialing of emergency response providers enables responders to spend less time processing personnel and more time responding to an incident
- Better coordination among federal, state and local officials and the private sector
- Effective deployment for response and restoration personnel to disasters, and
- A more efficient personnel processing system and a quicker response time in times of crisis.
A strong national preparedness system should be based on interoperability, commonality and consistency; this guideline will only further these efforts.
The credentialing guideline (PDF 410KB, TXT 58KB) is posted on the NIMS Resource Center website for all those who are interested and would like to learn more. You can leave your questions on the blog, or send them via Facebook, Twitter, or e-mail.