About the Unified Command

The East Jefferson Street Derailment response is governed by the Department of Homeland Security’s National Incident Management System (NIMS) to coordinate the response to the derailment. NIMS establishes a standard command system for any type of incident with five functional areas: command, operations, planning, logistics and finance. The Unified Command structure is prescribed to bring together federal, state and local decision-making agencies to ensure coordination in situations in which there are multiple responding agencies with responsibility, or which crosses political jurisdictions.

Members of the Unified Command

  • U.S. Coast Guard
  • N.J. Department of Environmental Protection
  • N.J. Office of Emergency Management
  • Paulsboro Fire Department
  • Conrail

​Supporting Agencies

Gloucester County, Red Cross, NOAA, U.S. EPA





​For operational updates, please see the News & Updates page.