About Ontario's Incident Management System
ABOUT ONTARIO'S INCIDENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
In 2006, more than 30 emergency management organizations in Ontario began working on developing a provincial incident management system. In 2008, these organizations and EMO, serving on the IMS Steering Committee, approved the first version of the IMS Doctrine. This marked the creation of a standardized approach to emergency management, built on international recommended practices, but designed to reflect Ontario’s unique needs.
Functional Working Groups
Several functional Working Groups develop resources to support IMS:
- Training Working Group
- Communications Working Group
- Resource Management Working Group
- EOC Working Group
Sector Specific Implementation
While IMS is a standardized approach to emergency management, it is recognized that many emergency sectors have unique needs. To support sector-specific IMS implementation, a number of IMS Sector Working Groups have been developed:
- Emergency Medical Services Sector Working Group, Chaired by Association of Municipal Emergency Medical Services of Ontario (AMEMSO)
- Health Sector Working Group, Chaired by Ontario Hospital Association (OHA)
- Fire Sector Working Group, Chaired by Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs (OAFC)
- Police Sector Working Group, Chaired by Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP)
Additional IMS Sector Working Groups are planned for the future.