General Training Information

National Incident Management System (NIMS) -
Incident Command System (ICS)

Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD-5), Management of Domestic Incidents, requires all Federal departments and agencies to adopt the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and to use it in domestic incident management. The NIMS provides a consistent nationwide approach for Federal, State, territorial, tribal, and local governments to work effectively and efficiently together to prepare for, prevent, respond to, and recover from domestic incidents, regardless of cause, size, or complexity. On March 1, 2004, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued the NIMS to provide a comprehensive national approach to incident management, applicable to all jurisdictional levels and across functional disciplines. The NIMS document may be downloaded from the Department of Homeland Security web site or the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) web site.

NIMS Training
NIMS training is currently available online through FEMA and in classes presented by TDEM. Independent Study courses on the FEMA website include instruction on the Incident Command System, Multi-Agency Coordination Centers, and to gain a national perspective. Online training is available at www.training.fema.gov/IS/crslist.asp. Courses currently include:

TDEM offers the above courses in a classroom setting as well as advanced courses at various locations across Texas. TDEM also offers:

To attend these courses, please enroll through www.PreparingTexas.org.

NIMS Guidance Available Online
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has created a centralized Internet portal to help emergency managers and first responders navigate, understand, and work with the National Incident Management System (NIMS). The NIMS Web page will offer emergency managers a complete listing of NIMS requirements, tools and resources, and general information about the incident management system. As NIMS implementation moves forward, issues such as the assessment process, compliance criteria, NIMS related training, and implementation timelines will also be available. Questions or concerns about NIMS are welcome and should be sent to nims-integration-center@dhs.gov.

TDEM Course Enrollment Process
TDEM uses an online training management system to better facilitate student course selection, enrollment, certificates and transcripts.  Professionals from all areas of emergency and disaster response and management are encouraged to access www.PreparingTexas.org to view training offered by TDEM and several federal and state partners. Enrollment in TDEM courses are as simple as the click of a button, and individuals can register on the site quickly and easily. Student applications are processed online and the system generates an electronic message notifying the student of their status. Any changes to the student’s status will generate a new message. Students can also review their enrollment status, upload, view, or print certificates, and view or print their transcript online at their convenience.

Professional Development Series (PDS)

The Professional Development Series includes seven Emergency Management Institute independent study courses that provide a well-rounded set of fundamentals for those in the emergency management profession. Many students build on this foundation to develop their careers.

Students who complete all the courses will receive a PDS Certificate of Completion. The courses, in recommended order of completion, are:

IS-120.a An Introduction to Exercises
This Independent Study course introduces the basics of emergency management exercises. It also builds a foundation for subsequent exercise courses which provide the specifics of the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEPP) and the National Standard Exercise Curriculum (NSEC). IS-120.a, An Introduction to Exercises, replaces IS-120, An Orientation to Community Disaster Exercises.

IS-230.b Fundamentals of Emergency Management
The revised and renamed Fundamentals of Emergency Management course introduces the fundamentals of emergency management as an integrated system, surveying how the resources and capabilities of all functions at all levels can be networked together in all phases for all hazards. It is one in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Professional Development Series. 

This course was previously titled “Principles of Emergency Management.”  The title was changed to reflect the content and intent of the course.  Persons who previously took Principles of Emergency Management (IS 230) are not be required to take Fundamentals of Emergency Management and will be given credit toward completion of the series for either.

IS-235.b Emergency Planning
EMI has made revisions to this course. The course was aligned to the NRF and NIMS changes. This course is designed for emergency management personnel who are involved in developing an effective emergency planning system. This course offers training in the fundamentals of the emergency planning process, including the rationale behind planning. It will develop your capability for effective participation in the all-hazard emergency operations planning process to save lives and protect property threatened by disaster.

EMI has made revisions to this course. The course was aligned to the NRF and NIMS changes.

IS-241.a Decision Making & Problem Solving
EMI has made revisions to this course. The course was aligned to the NRF and NIMS changes.

Being able to make decisions and solve problems effectively is a necessary and vital part of the job for every emergency manager, planner, and responder. This course is designed to improve your decision-making skills.

IS-242.a Effective Communication
EMI has made revisions to this course. The course was aligned to the NRF and NIMS changes.

Being able to communicate effectively is a necessary and vital part of the job for every emergency manager, planner, and responder. This course is designed to improve your communication skills.

IS-244.a Developing and Managing Volunteers
EMI has made revisions to this course. The course was aligned to the NRF and NIMS changes.

This course is for emergency managers and related professionals working with all types of volunteers and coordinating with voluntary agencies. The course provides procedures and tools for building and working with voluntary organizations.

Advanced Professional Series (APS)

The ability to perform essential work in a disaster requires skills in emergency operations and management. These skills may be developed through this series of courses that offers "how to" training focused on practical information. This series emphasizes applied skills in disaster operations, management and coordination.

The original Advanced Professional Series (APS) course lineup was first established on November 27, 2001, to motivate and challenge students to continue emergency management training. Courses include practical skills from the whole spectrum of emergency management and disaster duties.

APS courses are classroom delivered courses unless otherwise noted. APS courses are delivered through the State Emergency Management Agency. Contact your State Training Officer for a schedule of offerings. State Training Officer contact information is included below:

 

alex.landesco@dps.texas.gov
Alex A. Landesco, Ph.D.
State Training Officer
Texas Division of Emergency Management
Texas Department of Public Safety
(512) 424-2195
Fax: (512) 424-5647

paul.hahn@dps.texas.gov
Paul R. Hahn Jr
State Training Officer
Texas Division of Emergency Management
Texas Department of Public Safety
(512) 424-2039
Fax: (512) 424-5647

 

Required Courses

Elective Courses (choose any 5)

Original Required Courses as Optional Credit
The required courses of the original lineup will remain as optional credit for persons in mid-stream taking the original series. Students who have taken any or all of the original required courses will therefore not forfeit anything and can use those courses as credit for required courses. State Training Officers can continue to use any of the original required courses to suit their needs.

There are no required prerequisites for the APS courses. It is recommended that individuals take IS 100, IS 200, IS 700, IS 800 and/or the Professional Development Series (PDS) to have a better understanding of the concepts of the Advance Professional Series.