WHEREAS, the Presidential Homeland Security Directive (HSPD)-5 mandated the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to develop and administer a National Interagency Incident Management System (NIIMS), which would provide a consistent nationwide approach for Federal, State, and local governments to work together more effectively and efficiently to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from domestic incidents, regardless of cause, size or complexity; and


WHEREAS, the collective input and guidance from all Federal, State, and local homeland security partners has been, and will continue to be, vital to the development, effective implementation and utilization of a comprehensive NIIMS; and


WHEREAS, it is necessary and desirable that all Federal, State, and local emergency agencies and personnel coordinate their efforts to effectively and efficiently provide the highest levels of incident management; and  


WHEREAS, to facilitate the most efficient and effective incident management, it is critical that Federal, State, and local organizations utilize standardized terminology, standardized organizational structures, interoperable communications, consolidated action plans, unified command structures, uniform personnel qualification standards, uniform standards for planning, training, and exercising, comprehensive resource management, and designated incident facilities during emergencies or disasters; and


WHEREAS, the NIIMS standardized procedures for managing personnel, communications, facilities, and resources will improve Fauquier County’s ability to utilize Federal funding to enhance local agency readiness, maintain first responder safety, and streamline incident management processes; and


WHEREAS, the Incident Command System components of NIIMS are already an integral part of various city/county incident management activities, including current emergency management training programs; and


WHEREAS, the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks (9-11 Commission) recommended the adoption of a standardized Incident Command System; now, therefore, be it


RESOLVED by the Fauquier County Board of Supervisors this 12th day of May 2005, That the National Interagency Incident Management System (NIIMS) be, and is hereby, established as the Fauquier County standard for incident management.