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National Incident Management System for WEG

WJ events was responsible for the planning, design, build-out, staffing and operation of the Venue Operations Center (VOC) at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky USA.

Using the federally mandated National Incident Management System (NIMS), WJ events implemented an extensive communications plan to manage 1,800 radios on 57 talkgroups. The WEG spanned seventeen days and including forty-nine distinct, stand alone events.

NIMS nomenclature was used to organize the functional and operational aspects of the event. Venues were organized geographically into divisions led by a supervisor. Functional areas that had site-wide responsibilities were organized into groups. Branches were created for competition, event management, media management, security and transportation. Units were established for accreditation, ceremonies and ticketing.

WJ events was responsible for weather monitoring and forecast dissemination, threat notification, incident logging, Crisis Management Team organization and notification as well as assisting individual venues with benchmark activities. Functional area group resources were coordinated at Event Control and dispatched according to priority. On-site traffic, crowd management and safety issues were monitored with an extensive CCTV system.

To our knowledge, this was the largest and most integrated rollout of NIMS at a major, non-emergency event to date.

Event Control Organizational Chart


NIMS Action Plan (password protected)