COPPERAS COVE — Council members will participate in National Incident Management System training during a special council workshop at 9 a.m. Thursday.

The class, which is expected to last two to three hours, will be led by Deputy Fire Chief/Emergency Management Coordinator Gary D. Young.

The NIMS training was developed under former President George W. Bush, who called on the secretary of Homeland Security to develop a national incident management system to provide a consistent nationwide approach for federal, state, tribal and local governments to work together to prepare for emergency domestic incidents.

On March 1, 2004, after close collaboration with state and local government officials and representatives from a wide range of public safety organizations, Homeland Security issued the NIMS, which incorporates many existing practices into a comprehensive national approach to domestic incident management.

Executives and elected officials are encouraged to receive National Incident Management System training appropriate to their role in emergency management for their jurisdiction. Since council members set policy for the city, they have the ability to impact emergency management activities directly in the community.

The workshop will be at the Main Fire Station, 415 S. Main St. in Copperas Cove. | 254-501-7464

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