[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Wall as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 10-22-2008 by Ord. No. 19-2008]
It is the intent and purpose of this article to formally adopt the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and adopt the principles and policies of the NIMS that will ensure the complete and efficient utilization of all of the Township of Wall's resources to efficiently respond to emergent incidents affecting the public welfare and safety.
The purpose of the NIMS is to provide a consistent nationwide approach for federal, state, territorial, tribal, and local governments to work effectively and efficiently together to prepare for, prevent, respond to, and recover from domestic incidents, regardless of cause, size or complexity.
The NIMS provides a common foundation for day-to-day operations, training and other preparedness efforts; communicating and sharing information with other responders and with the public, ordering resources to assist with a response effort, and for integrating new technologies and standards to support incident management.
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- The Coordinator of the Wall Township Office of Emergency Management, appointed as prescribed in this article.
- Includes but is not limited to actual or threatened enemy attack, sabotage, extraordinary fire, flood, storm, epidemic, accident, chemical spill or other impending or actual calamity endangering or threatening to endanger health, life or property of constituted government.
- EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
- The basic government functions of maintaining the public peace, health and safety during an emergency. This term includes plans and preparations for protection and relief, recovery and rehabilitation from effects of an attack by the forces of an enemy nation or the agents thereof, or a disaster as defined herein. It does not, however, include activity that is the primary responsibility of the military forces of the United States.
- EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT FORCES
- The employees, equipment and facilities of all Township departments, agencies, boards, councils, institutions and commissions; in addition, it shall include all volunteer personnel, equipment and facilities contributed by or obtained from volunteer persons or agencies that are assigned the duties of responding to emergencies within Wall Township.
- INCIDENT COMMAND SYSTEM (ICS)
- The combination of facilities, equipment, personnel, procedures and communications operating within a common organizational structure, designed to aid in domestic incident management activities as outlined in the NIMS document under Appendix A.
- NATIONAL INCIDENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (NIMS)
- A document produced by the Department of Homeland Security under the direction of Presidential Directive-5 that strengthens response capabilities through a balance between flexibility and standardization, and use of common doctrine, terminology, concepts, principles and processes.
- NIMS INTEGRATION CENTER (NIC)
- The federal agency established to provide strategic direction and oversight of the NIMS, supporting both routine maintenance and continuous refinement of the system and its components. NIC develops and facilitates national standards for the NIMS.
Other terms. Any other terms not defined herein shall be defined by the National Incident Management System.
The Township of Wall formally adopts NIMS, as same may be revised from time to time by the Department of Homeland Security as its incident response policy to a disaster and to provide a common foundation for training and other preparedness efforts, for communicating and sharing information with other responders and with the public, for ordering resources to assist with a response effort and for integrating new technologies and standards to support incident management.
NIMS' principles and policies are to be adhered to by all emergency management forces and across all functional disciplines within Wall Township, including volunteer emergency services.
Wall Township shall institutionalize the use of the ICS as outlined in Appendix A of NIMS in order to enhance command, control and communications capabilities.
The Wall Township Emergency Management Coordinator shall serve as the Coordinator of NIMS operations pursuant to this article.
The Coordinator shall have the following duties and responsibilities:
To consult with other agencies, municipalities and affected organizations in Wall Township to recommend and require specified levels of NIMS training.
To oversee Wall Township's commitment to NIMS through planning, training and implementation.
To conduct training exercises for all participating agencies using ICS and NIMS concepts.
To develop an organizational structure and make appointments thereto in accordance with the policies and procedures set forth in NIMS.
The municipal organizations listed below are hereby required to adhere to and participate in NIMS as directed by the Township.
Wall Fire Company District No. 1.
Glendola Fire Company District No. 2.
South Wall Fire Company District No. 3.
Wall Township First Aid and Rescue Squad.
Wall Community First Aid Squad.
Wall Township Police.
Wall Township Emergency Management.
Wall Township Public Works.
Wall Township Municipal Government.