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I am currently working the BP oil disaster. I am also an ICS instructor. There is still differences between FEMA / EMI ICS and the U.S. Coast Guard system. We keep telling students that it is a system for all to use but we have differences between responders and others. Case in point; here at the spill when you want to order something you are told to fill out a 214 (general message in ICS and order form in Coast Guard terms. Also, we need to look at having private contractors and subs that are going to work disasters become NIMS compliant.

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