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  • January 22, 2009: FEMA EMI Independent Study (IS) Update

    The EMI Independent Study Program is pleased to announce that downloadable materials for group training are now available for IS-800.b National Response Framework, An Introduction. To download a copy of these training materials, please visit [the FEMA] website at http://training.fema.gov/emiweb/is/is800b.asp and select Downloads for Classroom.

    To obtain a copy of the final exam for group training for IS-800.b, IS-100.a or IS-200.a, you must call the Independent Study Office at 301-447-1200 during normal business hours. Students will need to place their answers on OpScan Answer Sheet forms (http://training.fema.gov/IS/ansreq.asp). The instructor must complete the Independent Study Delivery Processing Form (available at: http://training.fema.gov/IS/ansreq.asp) and mail the forms to the IS Office for scoring. You may also request OpScan Answer Sheets and download a copy of the IS Delivery Processing Form by visiting http://training.fema.gov, clicking on FEMA Independent Study and then clicking on OpScan Request Form in the Important Notices box on the right hand side of the page.

    At this time there are no downloadable materials for IS-700.a but they are forthcoming.

    Source: FEMA Emergency Management Institute (EMI).

  • January 22, 2009: Training Alternatives

    The Emergency Management and Response—Information Sharing and Analysis Center (EMR-ISAC) is aware that training cutbacks are among the difficult options Emergency Services Sector (ESS) leaders sometimes must consider during times of financial hardship. Some relief is available through a range of no-cost training offered by the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX).

    One alternative is a group of six homeland security eLearning courses that award continuing education credits. The topics include terrorism awareness, Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)/terrorism awareness, EMS basic concepts for WMD incidents, public works for WMD incidents, WMD incident management/unified command, and introduction to the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) and mass prophylaxis. In addition to the eLearning courses, seven shorter courses are listed as continuing education topics at http://teexweb.tamu.edu/teex.cfm?pageid=OGTprog&area=OGT&templateid=1663.

    TEEX, which trains more than 81,000 responders annually, presents many on-campus courses for all responder specialties, but also offers Department of Homeland Security (DHS)-Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)-funded courses at host jurisdictions. All printed materials and instructors are provided. Hosting jurisdictions are responsible to ensure the minimum required number of participants for the course and must supply a classroom. Wide Area Search and Development of a State/Regional Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRNE) Task Force are three-day courses offered at no cost to eligible jurisdictions. A third training opportunity is a collection of 23 homeland security courses, funded by federal grants, which can be taken online, taught at host jurisdictions, or presented at TEEX facilities. Additional information about the courses and how to enroll or request host jurisdiction training can be found at http://teexweb.tamu.edu/OGT/index.html.

    Source: DHS EMR-ISAC.

  • January 6, 2009: NIMS IS-700 Course Revised and Updated

    The EMI Independent Study Program is pleased to announce the launch of the revised and updated course, IS-700.a NIMS: An Introduction. This course replaces the existing IS-700 NIMS: An Introduction.

    If you have previously started the IS-700 course and need to take the final exam, you must complete the exam and obtain a passing score before February 13, 2009. After February 13, 2009, the IS-700 exam will no longer be available.

    You may complete your exam online by going to the IS-700.a course page (http://training.fema.gov/emiweb/is/is700a.as) and choosing the IS-700 exam from the box at the bottom right of the screen. If you are completing your final exam for IS-700 via OpScan bubble sheets, they must be postmarked no later than Friday, February 13, 2009.

    At this time there are no downloadable materials for IS 700.a but they are forthcoming.

    If you have any questions, please contact the Independent Study Office via email at Independent.Study@dhs.gov or by phone at (301) 447-1200.

    Source: FEMA

  • March 5, 2008: Free Safety Videos for Emergency Responders

    The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (USCSB), a federal agency, is making free safety videos available at SafetyVideos.gov. You may watch USCSB videos at Youtube or order free DVDs from SafetyVideos.gov.

  • February 5, 2008: New Report on Mitigation of the Rural Fire Problem

    Today the USFA and the National Fire Protection Association released their new report on Mitigation of the Rural Fire Problem.

    Download the public domain USFA materials:

    Here is the text of their news release:

    The United States Fire Administration (USFA) announced today the release of a comprehensive report from a joint project with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to examine what can be done to reduce the high death rate from fire in rural America. This report, Mitigation of the Rural Fire Problem - Strategies Based on Original Research and Adaptation of Existing Best Practices..., provides implementation strategies for the reduction of rural fires. The report targets the fundamental differences in the nature of the rural fire problem compared to the U.S. fire problem as a whole.

    As communities with fewer than 2,500 residents have a per capita fire death rate almost twice the national rate, this is an important life safety effort, said Gregory B. Cade, U.S. Fire Administrator. USFA has a long commitment to reducing fire deaths in this country through effective mitigation and preparedness.

    The project reached out to leaders of organizations serving rural communities to learn what works in implementing programs in those communities. Also, national and local fire service organizations were consulted to learn more about their program successes and challenges in the reduction of fires, deaths, and injuries in rural communities.

    In addition to fire protection and suppression, human issues such as public fire safety education and technical factors, including fire and smoke detection, codes, consumer product safety, and residential fire sprinklers, are discussed in the report.

    NFPA was pleased to partner with USFA on this innovative project that has identified ways to reduce fire deaths in rural America, said James Shannon, NFPA president. This initiative supports NFPA's efforts in saving lives, protecting property, and reducing risks associated with fire.

    Whether it is the separation of communities from one another or the separation of residents from one another, the report finds separation to be the defining characteristic of rural America. Ultimately, separation makes it more costly to conduct business in rural communities - impacting the economy - and residents are more likely to be on the lower end of the economic scale. The communications challenges some businesses face due to separation, like print media for example, may impact the quality and ease of communication within and to a rural community. This is an example of something that may limit the distribution of safety information.

    Poverty was found to be the most significant factor driving the higher fire risk in rural America. Less income means potentially fewer resources. While rural populations have a greater need for fire safety, they have a reduced ability to fill that need without outside help. They would benefit from safer products - which can sometimes mean newer products - as well as devices designed to provide safety like smoke alarms.

    This report also includes Train-the-Trainer presentations for the rural fire service and community leaders on administering successful outreach programs and a separate presentation for citizens highlighting key fire safety and preparedness messages.

    The U.S. Fire Administration has a mission to reduce life and economic losses due to fire and related emergencies through leadership, advocacy, coordination and support. It is the federal leader in public fire education and awareness, fire service training, fire-related technology and data collection.

    NFPA has been a worldwide leader in providing fire, electrical, building, and life safety to the public since 1896. The mission of the international nonprofit organization is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education. Visit NFPA's Web site at www.nfpa.org [ http://www.nfpa.org/ ].

  • January 9, 2008: Free all-hazards training classes for Type 3 Incident Management Team Members

    Daryl Louder, Program Manager for the National Capital Region - Incident Management Team (NCR-IMT), a Type 3 IMT operating out of the Washington, D.C. region, is trying to develop a communications, networking, and coordination channel between the Type 3 IMTs across the country. He writes:

    During the past several years, the NCR-IMT has conducted a number of section chief and unit leader position specific training classes. All of these programs have used the NWCG curriculum as a foundation, but have been modified the classes to address and reflect the all-hazards mission of the team. Once the NFA releases their all-hazards classes, we plan to transition to their curriculum.

    Our team will be conducting a RESL (S-348) class on February 12-14 in Falls Church, VA and a SITL (S-346) class on March 18-20 in Fairfax, VA. We have reserved a maximum of three (3) slots in each class for other Type 3 IMT members to attend. There is no charge for the classes; however; the sponsoring IMT must pay for all travel expenses associated with the training.

    Our goal in opening these classes is to improve the networking and cross pollination between the Type 3 IMTs. We hope that other teams will replicate this initiative and provide training/exercise opportunities for other teams as well. It is very important that we leverage these opportunities and maximize the resources available to us.

    If you are interested in your team members attending either of these classes, please e-mail me at the address below. Our team looks forward to interacting with other IMTs.

    Be safe,

    Daryl Louder, NCR-IMT Program Manager
    Assistant Chief, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department; Business Services Bureau
    (W) 703-246-3571; daryl.louder @ fairfaxcounty.gov

  • December 2, 2007: Free training classes in Emergency Management still available online.

    Most of these free classes are 30 minutes to several hours in length and can be taken with no commitment, on the spur of the moment, any time of the day or night. Many will earn college credit for a small added fee. For more information about these free classes, see:

  • July 1, 2007: State of Tennessee fire training fees go up; registered volunteer fire departments get funding to help offset the increase.

    For more information regarding the assistance offered by the Fire Department Recognition Act, contact the State Fire Marshal's Office at 615.741.2981 or see their website. You may also contact the Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy (TFACA) at 1.800.747.8868 or 931.294.4111.

    See also: schedule of Tennessee State fire training courses and rates effective July 1, 2007.

  • Department of Homeland Security Grant Courses

    Many training courses are available free of charge (except for dormitory and meal fees) to Tennessee fire department personnel. A Department of Homeland Security grant program makes these courses possible. A list of DHS grant courses is available on the State of Tennessee website.

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