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IS-701 NIMS Multiagency Coordination System (MACS) Course

Course Overview

Background:  A multiagency coordination system is a combination of facilities, equipment, personnel, procedures, and communications integrated into a common system with responsibility for coordinating and supporting domestic incident management activities.  The primary functions of multi-agency coordination systems are to support incident management policies and priorities, facilitate logistics support and resource tracking, inform resource allocation decisions using incident management priorities, coordinate incident management related information, and coordinate interagency and intergovernmental issues regarding incident management policies, priorities, and strategies.  A typical multiagency coordination system may contain one or several Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs).  A typical multiagency coordination system may contact numerous Department Operations Center (DOCs).  Depending upon the type and location of the emergency/disaster, various command elements (i.e. area commands, unified command or the incident commander) will have to coordinate activities within an established multi-agency coordination system. 

Course Objectives

This 2 day course will describe to participants the components of a multi-agency coordination system and establish relationships between all elements of the system. After taking the course, students should be able to:

Primary Audience

Federal, state, local and tribal emergency managers; first responders to include incident commanders from all emergency management disciplines; private industry personnel responsible for coordination activities during a disaster; and Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) personnel.


N/A.  However, completion of IS 700, National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction is recommended.

CEUs: 0.5

Course Length: 5 hours