EMSI is Proud to Offer Two New IMT Courses

EMSI is proud to offer two new courses to assist All-Hazards Incident Management Teams (AHIMT) with their incident readiness. We believe that these courses will help develop critical thinking and decision making skills of AHIMTs through interactive instructor-led scenarios and training.

Advanced All-Hazards Incident Management (AAIM) Course

Adopting a newly developed course from CALFIRE, the Advanced All-Hazards Incident Management (AAIM) course is designed to provide AHIMT Command and General Staff training in effectively engaging various government and public safety entities during all-hazards incidents. Strengthening the capabilities of the AMIMT, this course is intended to foster a unity of effort among a myriad of organizations, to include fire, law enforcement, and emergency medical agencies in collaboration with local, state, and federal governments, emergency managers and emergency operations centers, public health, public works, transportation, utility, and non-governmental organizations (NGO).

An intensive course for advanced AHIMTs, this course requires over 75 hours of pre-course assignments and 48 hours of instructional information with three realistic scenarios to reinforce course content. The pre-course work is obtained from the FEMA Independent Study program, conducted at the student’s pace and availability, and can be adjusted to fit the IMT preparing for the AAIM Course.

Through presentation and discussion of current incident management tools and processes from EMSI’s subject matter experts, AAIM facilitates a series of three all-hazards exercises, where participants will apply what they’ve learned. The target audience of AAIM is established AHIMT or individual Incident Commanders and Command and General Staff members working together as an AHIMT. Teams and individuals are evaluated on their performance by instructors and coaches to ensure the participants’ readiness in future incidents.  In delivering this course, EMSI will utilize Type 1 and Type 2 qualified ICS practitioners and instructors.

  • Each Incident Management Team will show proficiency in resolving a complex all-hazards scenario by using critical decision making skills, team collaboration, and external relationships while achieving the Agency Administrator(s) goals.

  • Each participant will show proficiency in their assigned Command or General Staff position, including inter-team communications, required outputs, and interactions with other agencies or entities and officials.

During scenarios, students will evaluate options and determine the best solution using methods for interagency coordination under the National Response Framework. Using instructor-led scenario based instruction, the IMTs will develop a plan and provide solutions to a transportation scenario provided by the instructional staff for the first scenario. The intent of this scenario is to utilize tools that have been provided to demonstrate knowledge of agencies, entities and plans, command and coordination, and risk management issues that are used in an all-hazards response.

In the next scenario, students are expected to interact with simulated agencies during a public health pandemic. In an element of realism, the classroom teams are not from the requesting entity. The use of this scenario aids students with identifying the safe management of incident resources, how to address IMT challenges, and how to effectively integrate into, advise, and serve a requesting agency as an Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT).

In the final scenario, students will be challenged with a natural disaster scenario that incorporates all lessons from throughout the course. This culminating activity additionally allows students to demonstrate knowledge of how internal and external influences and fiscal considerations impact all-hazards responses.

USFA O-305, Type 3 All-Hazards Incident Management Team

Through the O-305 course, EMSI is able to provide another opportunity for AHIMTs to learn and exercise a team’s readiness through training and instructor-led interactive scenarios. This five-day course serves as a basic introduction to the activities and processes of a Type 3 AHIMT, enabling them to be better prepared to support large scale or complex operations in their communities.

This course is ideal for entry level participants who are new to an assignment on an AHIMT. Given its intended audience, participants in this course should include emergency response personnel, such as fire protection and law enforcement personnel, emergency medical services (EMS) responders, Department of Public Works, Department of Public Health, Emergency Management, Mass Care, Non-Governmental agencies, and members of various community and tribal groups offering critical emergency response services. Although the course is intended to be a basic introduction to AHIMTs, participants should have a foundational understanding of the Incident Command System and have completed IS-100, IS-200, and ICS-300 prior to attending.

This course meets the needs of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the National Response Framework (NRF) while focusing on the importance of developing and operating as a functional USFA Type 3 AHIMT. This course will assist individual responders to perform as viable team members by:

  • Demonstrating the goals of NIMS and the NRF

  • Emphasizing the nature and purpose of a USFA Type 3 AHIMT so that others in the community and emergency services are more willing and able to assist within variouscomponents of their local USFA Type 3 AHIMT

  • Demonstrating the critical role that leadership and teamwork skills play in the success of an USFA Type 3 AHIMT

  • Providing a basic framework for building and maintaining critical interpersonal communications and for working together as a team member of an USFA Type 3 AHIMT

  • Offering practical experience of on-scene operations through extensive exercises and simulations, as well as through post-course refresher training by providing students with the opportunity to perform as members of a USFA Type 3 AHIMT during a mock incident management situation

EMSI offers a wide-range of IMT training opportunities.  Are your AHIMTs ready for these challenges? Contact EMSI today to see how we can help your organization’s readiness.