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NIMS IAP Lead Developer

About Me

I would really prefer to stay anonymous. However, if you are trusting our application to manage incidents that affect the well-being of your responders and your citizens, it seems as though you may want to know more about the primary developer. I am responsible for about 90% of the NIMS IAP application.
My name is Jim Irving. I spent 36 years full-time in the fire service, ultimately retiring as Fire Chief of the Southern Marin Fire Protect District (North side of the Golden gate Bridge). Since my retirement in 2014, I have served as the lead Planning Section Chief for the North Bay Incident Management Team, a type 3 all-risk incident management team serving seven counties in the northern San Francisco bay area. I also work regularly as a Resource Unit Leader with a couple of Cal Fire (California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection) type 1 incident management teams.

Among my various volunteer activities, I also manage a resource/availability tracking site for the Marin County Fire Department and do some technology consulting with other agencies.

My computer background includes previously owning a small computer software company developing software for small business and the fire service. I was the software developer for Fire Instructor Testing Software’s Quiz Generator, a fire service instructor tool used by over 2,000 fire departments and fire academies in the US and Canada.

People often ask me why I haven’t tried to make money off of this project. It’s simple - at this point in my life, I am more interested in making a difference than I am in making money. If you have any ideas on how we can make this application better, please me know.
Be safe out there.

jim @ nimsiap.org