DHS S&T, in partnership with NATO Science for Peace and Security Programme, concluded a four-year project with a final disaster management exercise in North Macedonia.
Next-Generation Incident Command System (NICS)
DHS S&T is joining forces with the non-profit Beacon NGO to advance open source software capabilities for public safety.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is pleased to announce four NATO member and partner countries have adapted the Next Generation Incident Command System (NICS) - an S&T-funded communications platform developed in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory (MIT-LL) – thanks to major contribution from NATO Science for Peace and Security (SPS) division.
The purpose of this guide is to provide the NICS User Community with the most current, validated set of guidelines and best practices when supporting Fire & Rescue Operations in NICS. This information is based upon extensive user experiences gained since 2011 on hundreds of operations, and is intended to help evolve a standardized use and understanding of NICS by all community members.
The purpose of this document is to describe the Concept of Operations (CONOPS) for using the Next-Generation Incident Command System (NICS) at echelons involved in emergency management.
DHS S&T’s NICS is a collaborative, online incident map with a virtual whiteboard that allows first responders to collaborate, pool resources, and plot strategies.
S&T funds projects that help state and local response agencies share timely information about emergencies with each other and with the public. Our efforts include software, hardware, equipment, webinars and more.