Federal Emergency Management Agency has a comprehensive emergency management training program. FEMA provides emergency management training in three ways: resident courses at Emmitsburg, MD, independent study, and FEMA developed courses conducted by states.
For information on these programs, please visit: Emergency Management Institute (EMI)
Alaska resident with substantial involvement in emergency management can apply for training at the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) in Emmitsburg, MD.
Enrollment Policy and Procedure
To apply for a course, fill out the 119-25-1 application and FAX to the State Training Officer at 907-428-7009 include prerequisite certificates when applicable.
Note: All 119-25-1 applications must be submitted through the State Training Officer and require her signature. Once applications have been submitted, questions regarding admissions may be directed to the EMI Admissions Office at email@example.com.Confirmation of a seat in a class is sent directly to the applicant, not the State.
Independent Study Program
Courses designated as IS may be taken online. Independent Study Program materials are available to all; however, only US citizens can enroll< and receive credit for course completion. To receive a certificate from FEMA, the test must be taken online. See the EMI Independent Study pages for details.
Professional Development Series (PDS)
FEMA created the Professional Development Series (PDS) curriculum to help emergency managers develop key skills and abilities necessary for managing all-hazard disasters and emergencies. To receive credit for completion of the FEMA PDS Series, students must complete all courses.
For more information, please visit Professional Development Series.
Integrated Emergency Management Course (IEMC)
The IEMC is a 4.5 day exercise based training activity that places public officials and emergency personnel in a realistic crisis situation within a structured learning environment.
For more information, please visit IEMC.
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
Because emergency responders may not be able to meet the demands for their services during a disaster, FEMA developed a CERT training program. Intent of the program is to train selected first responders as CERT instructors for their community.
Interested? For more information, please visit: CERT.
National Fire Academy
NFA offers resident and self-study training courses for fire and emergency services professionals. NFA offers both resident and self-study courses.
For more information, please visit: NFA.
National Incident Management Systems (NIMS)
- Learn about NIMS: Information & Documents, NIMS Components, NIMS Implementation & Compliance Guidance, Briefings, Training & Other Resources
- NIMS Five-Year Training Plan (See Appendix C for course summaries and intended audience)
- NIMS FAQS
- NIMS Training: Five-Year Training Plan, IEMC, NIMS Courses, FAQS
Other Training Resources
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National Fire Academy (NFA)