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 …

Condolences Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew

On Sunday, June 30, 2013, the emergency response community lost 19 firefighters as they battled the Yarnell Hill fire in Arizona. All of the deceased were members of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew. The entire staff of EMSI is deeply saddened by this loss and we offer our thoughts …

EMSI Develops and Presents Aerial Observer Training

The Federal Register of August 31, 2009* delivered the final requirements for vessel and facility spill removal equipment and planning.  These long awaited changes included requirements for “trained observation personnel to support oil spill removal operations, commencing upon initial assessment, and capable of coordinating on-scene cleanup operations, including dispersant and …

EMSI Assists the Energy Industry in Establishing an ICS Position Qualification Standard

Several global energy companies with operations around the world have begun implementing a Position Qualification Standard (PQS) which establishes standardized training and competency-based evaluation of Incident Command System (ICS) positions.  The new standard establishes competencies that must be demonstrated on incidents, events or exercises before an individual can be deemed …

Chevron Corporation Establishes ICS Position Qualification Standard

The Chevron Corporation has begun implementing a Position Qualification Standard (PQS) which establishes standardized training and competency based evaluation of Incident Command System (ICS) positions.  The standard establishes competencies that must be demonstrated on incidents, events or exercises before an individual can be deemed qualified.  Each of these competencies and …

Time to Smell the Roses!

Hello to all of our colleagues and friends who have contributed to both Pat’s and my professional careers.  You may have noticed that we are not as active in EMSI as in the past.  Pat and I have decided to focus our future efforts in another direction.  I have personally …