Coordinated Incident Management System (CIMS) third edition

The Coordinated Incident Management System (CIMS) 3rd edition represents New Zealand’s official framework to achieve effective co-ordinated incident management across responding agencies. From 1 July 2020 the 3rd edition replaces all previous versions of CIMS.

CIMS describes how New Zealand agencies and organisations coordinate, command, and control incident response of any scale, how the response can be structured, and the relationships between the respective CIMS functions and between the levels of response. Enhancements from previous editions introduced by the 3rd edition include (among others):

  • Strengthening the core foundations that CIMS is based upon, through emphasising:
    • A strong community focus,
    • Flexibility in application so that it can be used for small to large responses, and from Incident level through to National level, and
    • Unity of effort, i.e. organisations working together towards common objectives.
  • Highlighting the importance of the inclusion of iwi/Māori in response and recovery.
  • Introducing a holistic consequence assessment approach to ensure all consequences (including those not immediately evident) are considered in any response and recovery.
  • Expanding on the CIMS supporting protocols and systems by the introduction of an ‘Incident Classification’ system, expanding on the description of ‘Governance’, and introducing a ‘Strategic Communications’ role.
  • More fulsome descriptions of the CIMS Functions, the inclusion of Recovery (in response), and expanding on previous appendices.

CIMS 3rd edition Documents

CIMS 3rd edition (.pdf 3mb)

CIMS 3rd edition - printable file format that can be provided to a commercial printer for larger-scale print runs (.pdf 3mb)

CIMS 3rd edition: What are the changes and what does this mean? (.pdf 455kb)

Where to access CIMS training / Information on unit standards (.pdf 225kb)

CIMS 3rd edition: Communications Plan (.pdf 381kb)

CIMS changes presentation about the more significant changes introduced by CIMS 3rd Edition, for use by Agencies (.pptx 4mb) and (.pdf 1.2mb)

CIMS executive summary for Chief Executives (.pdf 311kb)

CIMS functions role profiles

Controller role profile (.pdf 484kb)

Intelligence role profile (.pdf 616kb)

Logistics role profile (.pdf 616b)

Operations role profile (.pdf 609kb)

PIM role profile (.pdf 508kb)

Planning role profile (.pdf 620kb)

Response Manager role profile (.pdf 594kb)

Safety role profile (.pdf 764kb)

Welfare role profile (.pdf 606kb)

CIMS 3rd edition figures

The following diagrams are taken from CIMS 3rd edition. Click on the image for the full size version.

Download editable .vsd files of figures 15-20 (.zip 216kb)