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CIMS: Primary Agency Matrix

The Primary Agency Matrix identifies which agencies have incident management responsibilities or provide specific subject matter expertise at different types of emergencies. Primary agencies are responsible for implementing a CIMS incident command organization at all emergency responses in NYC.

CIMS uses two command models for managing incidents: Single Command and Unified Command. In a Single Command structure, an Incident Commander from a single agency is responsible for establishing incident management objectives and strategies, and ensuring activities are carried out toward accomplishment of the strategy. In a Unified Command structure, Incident Commanders from more than one agency jointly determine objectives, strategies, plans, and priorities and work together to execute integrated tactical operations and maximize the use of assigned resources.



Unified Command Incidents

INCIDENT TYPE  PRIMARY AGENCIES  POTENTIAL PRIMARY AGENCIES/SUBJECT MATTER EXPERTS * *
Aviation Incident FDNY, NYPD PANYNJ, USCG, NTSB
Chemical, Biological, Radiological or Nuclear (CBRN)/HazMat Incident * NYPD, FDNY  USCG, DEP, DOHMH
Citywide Public Health Emergency DOHMH, NYPD, FDNY HHC, GNYHA
Explosion FDNY, NYPD DDC, DOB, HPD
Natural Disaster/Weather Emergency OEM, NYPD, FDNY, DOT, DSNY DDC, DEP, DOB, DOHMH, PSE&G
Rail Incident FDNY, NYPD MTA, PANYNJ, NJT, Amtrak
Utility Incident: Electric NYPD, FDNY Con Ed, National Grid/LIPA
Utility Incident: Gas NYPD, FDNY Con Ed, National Grid/LIPA
Utility Incident: Steam NYPD, FDNY Con Ed
Utility Incident: Water/Wastewater DEP, FDNY, NYPD Con Ed, National Grid/LIPA
Utility Incident: Telecommunications DOITT, NYPD, FDNY Verizon


* CBRN/HazMat Incident - NYPD will be the Primary Agency (Incident Commander) at CBRN/MazMat incidents. If NYPD determines there is no actual or suspected criminal activity or terrorism, a Unified Command will be implemented (See Figure 1).

Figure 1 - CBRN/Haz-Mat Incident

Actual or Suspected Crime or Terrorism
(NYPD to Determine)
No Actual or Suspected Crime or Terrorism
(NYPD to Determine) 
NYPD Single Command
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Unified Operations Section
Unified Command
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Unified Operations Section

The General Incident Command System (ICS) Section will be a Unified Operations Section based on agency Core Competencies in all circumstances, with NYPD responsible for overall site management, and assessment and investigations for criminal activity or terrorism, and with FDNY responsible for Life Safety Operations and mass decontamination. For chemical incidents, DEP will make a final assessment of the hazard, adjust or set "hot," "warm" and "cold" zones, and direct all mitigation efforts. For biological or radiological incidents, DOHMH will make a final assessment of the hazard, adjust or set "hot," "warm" and "cold" zones, and direct all mitigation efforts.

* * Designation of Potential Primary Agencies/Subject Matter Experts in this matrix does not exclude other agencies from being designated Primary Agencies depending on the jurisdictional issues of a specific incident.



Single Command Incidents

INCIDENT TYPE  PRIMARY AGENCY 
Auto Extrication NYPD/FDNY (First to arrive)
Boat in Distress NYPD/FDNY (First to arrive)
Citywide Cyber Incident NYPD and/or DOITT
Civil Disturbance NYPD
Confined Space Rescue FDNY
Correctional Facility Disturbance DOC
Downed Tree DPR/FDNY
Elevator Incident or Emergency FDNY
Emotionally Disturbed Person NYPD
Entrapment/Impalement FDNY
Explosive Device, Bomb Threat NYPD
Fire FDNY
Hostage Incident NYPD
Sniper Incident NYPD
Special Event NYPD
Structural Collapse FDNY
Suspicious Package NYPD
Water/Ice Rescue NYPD


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Citywide Incident Management System (CIMS) Charts


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