FAQs

Does EMSI provide a public calendar showing their training schedule?

We do not, but please call 540-423-9004 or email info@emsics.com to ask if the course you are looking to attend is on our training schedule.

How do I attend an EMSI course?

We schedule courses based on the needs of our clients. If you are looking to purchase one seat call 540-423-9004 or email info@emsics.com to inquire about the scheduled classes that you may be able to attend for a small registration fee.

I want to schedule a course for my organization? What is the minimum student count?

We will travel to your location to teach a course. We recommend a minimum of twelve students but can accommodate smaller numbers if necessary.

Does EMSI train globally?

We do! EMSI delivers emergency management training worldwide and has delivered training on every continent in the world except Antartica; but we are willing to go there!

Are your job aids available electronically?

We are pleased to announce our job aids are available in electronic format at imtgear.com In a partnership with our printer and digital content distributor Mimeo, all EMSI job aids are available through Mimeo Digital. Mimeo Digital is a secure digital content distribution platform that allows us to offer electronic access to our job aids through a device-agnostic system, meaning users can access the content from any device (desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone), all operating systems, and all web browsers. With the exception of users who choose to download the Mimeo Digital app for smartphones and tablets, there is nothing to install or download. Access to the job aids will be granted on a 2-year subscription basis ensuring the users always have access to the most current job aids and digital content. Furthermore, within the digital application users will be able to annotate their job aids for further customization and even save the job aids for offline viewing.

How do I work for EMSI?

We are always recruiting new team members who complement our philosophy and with whom we can grow. Our focus is specialized in multiple aspects of incident management and emergency management including training, exercises, response, and consulting. For ICS instructors we typically require a type 2 or greater qualification in the functional area being taught. You can check for current career opportunities at http://www.emsics.com/aboutemsi/careers/ or email your resume to info@emsics.com.

What is the different between the ICS-320 Intermediate Incident Management Team course and the O305 Type 3 All-Hazards Incident Management Team course.

The USFA O-305 course focuses primarily on the Command & General Staff positions with students functioning as C&G Staff Teams.  There are usually multiple teams working independently in the class.  In the ICS-320, students operate as a single IMT with C&G Staff, Deputies and Assistants, and Unit Leaders.  The ICS-320 emphasizes the IMT interactions and relationships beyond just the C&G Staff.

With regards to planning related activities and exercises, the O-305 focuses on developing a basic IAP with the C&G Staff, while the ICS-320 focuses on developing an IAP with the required support plans and components.  This is made possible by having a larger IMT with functional Unit Leaders.  Furthermore, the ICS-320 focuses not only on developing the IAP for the next Operational Period, but places a much greater emphasis on also managing current operations.  The ICS-320 more closely resembles an exercise.

Many of our IMT members have had the 0305 course, what are a few options for additional training and team development?

  1. If team members lack position-specific training, consider position-specific training for their respective functional areas. EMSI offers the FEMA All-Hazards curriculum as well as our own ICS position-specific curriculum.
  2. If your team is ready to advance beyond the Type 3 level, consider S420 (or ICS-420) training.
  3. If your team is still developing at the Type 3 level or wishes to remain Type 3, consider ICS-320 for continued development of Type 3 IMT capabilities.
  4. If your team responds to a lot of initial response and/or Type 4 incidents, consider the EMSI ICS-220 Initial Response course.