Introduction to the Multiagency Coordination System (MACS)

Course Overview

Introducing the Multiagency Coordination (MAC) Systems as described in the National Incident Management System (NIMS), IS-701 shows how these systems can be used to improve incident response. MAC Systems consist of a combination of elements: personnel, procedures, protocols, business practices, and communications integrated into a common system. After taking this course, responders should be able to improve the overall coordination with, and support for, incident management by developing and operating within MAC Systems.

Specific Course Topics

  • Multiagency coordination at the local, tribal, State, and Federal levels of government
  • Key terms related to MAC Systems
  • Typical priorities established between elements of the MAC System
  • Process of acquiring and allocating resources required by incident management personnel related to the entire MAC System
  • Potential coordination and policy issues arising from an incident relative to the entire MAC System

Target Audience

Any personnel involved with emergency planning, response or recovery efforts involving multiagency coordination at the local, tribal, State, and Federal levels.


Duration:  One-half day (4 hours)

Pre-requisite (recommended)

Successful completion of IS 700.a, National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction 


  • FEMA/EMI IS-701.a