EMSI Delivers Enhanced ICS-300 and ICS-400 course to the Dept. of Energy

EMSI instructor Greg Morrison with the Honorable Charles Hopkins, Associate Administrator and Deputy Under Secretary for Emergency Operations.

Having recently completed the development of ICS 300 and ICS-400 training courses for the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Emergency Operations, EMSI was proud to have successfully delivered these enhanced courses to meet our client’s specific needs.

With a primary focus on all-hazards emergency management, particularly on headquarters emergency management and the departmental Emergency Operations Center (EOC), EMSI enhanced the standard ICS-300 and ICS-400 curriculum to address federal issues at the headquarters EOC level. Using a realistic scenario that DOE might encounter, EMSI crafted a training scenario involving a nuclear weapons accident for the ICS-300 course.  While meeting the standard ICS-300 objectives of developing an Incident Action Plan (IAP), the EMSI instructors placed further emphasis on how the headquarters EOC can support the DOE Incident Management Team (IMT) in the field with IAP development.

The ICS-400 course was greatly enhanced to include additional information on EOCs and the National Response Framework.  The standard curriculum was nearly doubled to include a more in-depth discussion of the role of a federal departmental EOC, different EOC organizational structures, DOE emergency management policies and procedures, and how the DOE EOC fits into the larger National Response Framework and NIMS Multiagency Coordination System.  Furthermore, the enhanced curriculum explored the various relationships between the DOE headquarters EOC, DOE liaisons at other federal Multi-Agency Coordination System (MACS) nodes, DOE personnel in a Joint Field Office (JFO), and DOE IMT members and response assets at the field level.  The ICS-400 course concluded with a final exercise based on a hurricane impacting the Gulf Coast, bringing DOE ESF 12 (energy infrastructure), NNSA (nuclear and radiological response), and Strategic Petroleum Reserve equities into play.

Working full-time on-site with the DOE Office of Emergency Operations, EMSI team members support training, exercises, and plans/policy development.  EMSI’s vast experience in complex incident management and hazardous materials response has helped inform some of the advanced incident management approaches to Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) incident management.  Additionally, EMSI works with the DOE offices of Nuclear Incident Response and Secure Transportation, ensuring a consistent approach within DOE to incident management.

EMSI is a service-disabled veteran owned (SDVOSB), minority business enterprise that supports a broad range of clients.  To learn more about how EMSI and how we can help your organizations response preparedness, please visit www.emsics.com.