The National Incident Management System (NIMS) has become a subject of controversy, as many practitioners find severe limitations with the system’s field effectiveness. Chief Cynthia Renaud of the Folsom Police Department in California has addressed the concerns of first responders in an article published in the Homeland Security News, the Journal of the Naval Postgraduate School Homeland Defense and Security
. The article explores the dynamics of the initial edge-of-chaos that characterizes the first phase of every large-scale incident and offers recommendations for additions to NIMS that will better prepare first-responding incident commanders to work their way through that chaos and later apply the NIMS process with purpose.
Cynthia Renaud currently serves as police chief in Folsom, California. Prior to accepting this position, she served with the Long Beach Police Department for twenty years. During her career, she has been on the scene of many large-scale incidents and has participated in pre-planned events and protests. Chief Renaud holds a Master of Arts Degree from the Naval Postgraduate School in national security studies and a Master of Arts Degree from California State University, Long Beach, in English literature. She is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Session 214, and a member of the National Tactical Officers Association.
You may read or download the article below:
The Missing Piece of NIMS: Teaching Incident Commanders How to Function in the Edge of Chaos