National Incident Management System (NIMS)

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National Incident Management System

The National Incident Management System (NIMS) guides all levels of government, nongovernment organizations, and the private sector to work together to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from incidents.

NIMS provides stakeholders across the whole community with the shared vocabulary, systems, and processes to successfully deliver the capabilities described in the National Preparedness System. NIMS defines operational systems that guide how personnel work together during incidents.

The New Mexico NIMS Program:

  1. Provides technical assistance to local and tribal governments; state agencies and the private and non-profit sector on the implementation of NIMS.
  2. Performs annual on-site visits with preparedness grant funded jurisdictions to aid successful NIMS implementation.
  3. Enhance cross-functionality and readiness throughout the state by ensuring stakeholders employ NIMS as a common operating standard that guides resource management, command and coordination, and communications and information management.


For more information please visit National Incident Management System |

For questions, please contact the state NIMS coordinator Zach Wachter at

National Qualification System (NQS)

The National Qualification System (NQS) supplements the Resource Management component of
the National Incident Management System (NIMS) by establishing guidance and tools to assist
stakeholders in developing processes for qualifying, certifying, and credentialing deployable
emergency personnel.

The following link contains a webinar about New Mexico’s upcoming implementation of NQS. 

Notice of Meeting

A meeting of the New Mexico Resource Qualification System – Qualification Review and Governance Committee is being held at 10:00 AM Monday, February 26th at 725 6th Street NW, Albuquerque New Mexico, 87102. 

For the NIMS Implementation Self-Assessment Form, click here

This form is used by stakeholders to assess and report progress toward NIMS implementation.

For the NIMS Team Resource Validation Letter, click here

This form is used by team commanders seeking recognition as a NIMS Typed Resource.