The Role of the Environmental Unit Leader (EUL)

EMSI, Inc. continues to provide emergency management performance support to responders through the development of Incident Command System (ICS) courses and job aids. We are proud to offer our new Environmental Unit Leader (EUL) course and job aid. This course and job aid were recently developed in consultation with government …

15 Year Anniversary!

I’m honored to be able to commemorate our fifteenth year in business. EMSI was formally started in March of 2000 by an amazing group of response professionals, some of whom were involved in the actual creation of the Incident Command System in the 1970’s. They forged EMSI’s culture through an …

Winter Preparedness

Winter storms, snow, wind chill, frost, ice and extreme cold are a coast-to-coast threat to the United States and Canada.  Last winter season major cities as far south as Atlanta and Dallas have been paralyzed by snow and ice.  As with any emergency event it is more often than not …

BP Brazil ICS Training and Drill

For the last two years, EMSI has been working steadily with BP Brazil to prepare their Incident Management Team (IMT) for effective and efficient response to a simulated or actual incident. In September, 2013, the training’s benefits were finally brought to fruition when the government of Brazil required BP to …

Effective Use and Management of Staging Areas

By definition, Staging Areas are established for temporary location of available emergency response resources, whether tactical or support.  Staging Areas can be located anywhere on the incident where personnel, supplies and equipment can be temporarily housed, parked or moored while awaiting an operational assignment.  Staging Areas may also include temporary …

Managing Incident Potential

Incident Management Teams (IMT) spend a significant amount of time preparing and planning for the next operational period, while still managing on-going operations. This includes developing required support documents and/or needed contingency plans. As an IMT, we must also consider the need for managing incident potential in the event things …