Thursday, December 18, 2014

Training Opportunity: Jan 6-8, 2015 FEMA Field Force Command and Planning course in Baltimore, MD

Field Force Command and Planning

FFC / MGT-300

This course is offered as part of:

Target Audience/Disciplines

Emergency Management and Law Enforcement


The Field Force Command and Planning training program is a three-day course that prepares the management level student to serve as a member of an incident management team during a civil action or disorder. The course provides instruction on incident management, incorporating preplanning considerations and other responsibilities of management level responders. Students are trained on how to develop a local Incident Action Plan (IAP) for a civil action or disorder and implement response actions from the management level. The course culminates with an application-level tabletop exercise in which students use knowledge and skills developed in the previous sessions to plan for and command resources at the incident site.

Below are some, but not all, of the critical skill sets learned during this training program:
  • Determining assets required for controlling a civil action/disorder and establishing objectives for operational and support elements
  • Developing comprehensive strategic and tactical plans for an organization preparing for special events, civil disorders, and public assemblies
  • Identifying demonstrator tactics and techniques used during civil disorder events
  • Applying legal principles and applicable case and statutory law to individual positions and the department’s mission
  • Explaining the use of team tactics to mitigate protester actions during a civil disorder event
  • Recognizing differences between various Riot Control Agents (RCA) and Less Lethal Munitions (LLM) and determining proper use based on their potential liabilities and limitations
  • Defining the four levels of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) recognized by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), to include the advantages and disadvantages of each level

Course Length

3.0 days

Course Code


Continuing Education Credits

  • The Center for Domestic Preparedness is authorized by IACET to offer 2.4 CEUs for this program.
  • Police Officer Standards and Training (POST; approved per state): 24
Additional Requirements

To attend the FFC course, candidates must have successfully completed the IS-700.aNational Incident Management System (NIMS): An Introduction course offered by the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Friday, December 12, 2014

Community Emergency Response Team. Train-the-trainer and Program Manager Courses

Upcoming 2015 Training Dates

Course Name: E0427 Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program Manager
    Course Dates: January 21-22, 2015     and      February 26-27, 2015
    Course Description: This course prepares participants to establish and sustain an 
                                        active local CERT program.

        Link for more information:
        Link to apply:

Course Name: E0428 Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Train-the-Trainer
    Course Dates: February 23-25, 2015
    Course Description: This course prepares participants to deliver 
                                        FEMA’s CERT Basic Training course.
        Link for more information:
        Link to apply:

For those individuals interested in attending the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) in Emmitsburg, MD information can be found at:


  • You must make your own travel arrangements. Available airports were listed in your acceptance email/ letter.
  • You must be sure your flights meet the shuttle pickup/departure times, and the ticket purchase follows the parameters of travel as defined under “REIMBURSEMENT” in this package.
  • You will be reimbursed the cost of a direct (no side trips or extended stays), 21-day prior to the course travel date prepurchase, nonrefundable ticket for round trip transportation by common carrier (economy coach class, nonrefundable) for each course or back-to-back courses that you attend. Proof of nonrefundable fare is required!  

  • State, local or tribal government representatives.
  • Recognized volunteer organization representatives. 
  • Active emergency management organization representatives.
  • Representatives from state or local fire organizations.


Once you are accepted into a course, a room on the NETC campus will be reserved for you, unless you receive a letter indicating that you have been accepted with the knowledge that you agree to find your own accommodations or that you previously notified us that housing is not needed.


If you stay on campus, you must purchase a meal ticket. If you do not purchase a meal ticket you will be asked to vacate your room on campus. 

Prices Effective Aug. 5, 2012: The cost for the meal ticket is $25.04 per day

Friday, December 5, 2014

Fraud, Corruption is not just a South-to-South Issue but 'Whole Nations'

Program models at a minimum should have controls designed to address fraud, and corruption issues with prison sentences, and penalty\forfeiture of monetary resources of convicted company, officers of company, and others involved.

Grand Jury Says Fraud Persists in Programs Meant to Diversify Contracts in New York City and State

Most of the cases have ended in deferred prosecution agreements under which the company pays a large penalty and charges are eventually dismissed.

“…..recommendations to discourage similar frauds. It said that fines and prison sentences should be increased and that the agencies charged with certifying minority- and female-owned businesses should be given more resources.

U.S. Institute of Peace. Online Courses. 2015


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