Excellence is an art won by training
and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have
virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because
we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.
By: Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC)
The goal of continuing education and training is to have all
personnel respond to a given situation in a predictable,
safe and orderly fashion. Knowing this, the Sherburne County
ARES organization has adopted the National Incident
Management System (NIMS) as their management system of
choice. All training classes and educational courses will be
designed around this management system.
President of the United States issued Homeland Security
Presidential Directives (HSPD) 5 and 8, the Minnesota Division
of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) took
responsibility for implementing these two directives within
our state. One of the key elements of both HSPD 5 and 8 is the
implementation of the NIMS.
been using a formalized Incident
Command/Management system for many years. In 1991 the State Legislature established MN Statute 11 5E,
known as the “Spills Bill”. This bill established an Incident Command System (ICS) within the state, which
is now know as
the Minnesota Incident Management System (MIMS). MIMS was institutionalized in state training in 1996 and has been
embedded in training throughout the state ever since.
In 2005, Executive Order 05-02 established NIMS as the only
recognized system for incident management and response.
Since the MIMS training program is consistent with NIMS, the updated MIMS curriculum is ICS 100, 200, 300, and 400 level compliant.