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Emergency Services Courses

Fire and Emergency Services – Newfoundland and Labrador offers several Emergency Management courses that are available to Municipal representatives, first responders and volunteers, who could be involved in emergency planning in your community. All of these courses are offered at no charge throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. Please refer to the online course schedule for training near you.

If your Municipality/region has a need for a specific training course, FES-NL, through its Regional Emergency Management & Planning Officers will work with you to offer training in your area. Contact FES-NL.

Emergency Management Training Courses: Emergency Management Training & Emergency Planning Schedule PDF (45.09KB)


Basic Emergency Management

Emergency Management is the universal term for the systems and processes for mitigating, preparing for, responding to and recovering from emergencies and disasters. The intent of the Basic Emergency Management Course is to provide an introduction to the basic concepts of emergency management common to all provinces and territories across Canada. It is designed for officials from all levels of government, emergency measures (management) coordinators and/or planners, emergency responders, volunteers, private sector representatives etc., to be better prepared to fulfill their emergency roles. The content of the course is national scope and is designed to be used in various jurisdictions each with its own legislation, procedures and terminology. Please note the Basic Emergency Management Course (BEM) is a pre-requisite for all other Emergency Management Training.

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Emergency Operations Centre Management (EOCM)

This course introduces candidates to the principles of Emergency Operations and Control, by the introduction and practice of standard operating procedures (SOP’s) in the EOC. This two day course is accomplished through theory and participating in simulated emergencies that could happen in your community. Through this course you will better understand your role in an emergency and the roles of other responders and agencies and the need to work as a team in managing any Emergency Operations Centre.

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Incident Command System (ICS)

Incident Command System or ICS is a management system for command, control, and coordination of an emergency response. It provides a means to coordinate the efforts of individual agencies as they work toward the common goal of stabilizing the incident and protecting life, property, and the environment. ICS uses principals that are proven to improve efficiency and effectiveness in emergency response. The ICS 100 is a one (1) day course while the ICS 200 is a two (2) day course.

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Exercise Design 100

This is a self study course that introduces students to the Five (5) phases of an exercise and the eight (8) Step Design and Development phase. Students will learn why you should exercise and the Building Block approach to developing an exercise program.

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Exercise Design 200

This 2.5 day instructor-led course builds on the concepts presented in a self-study Exercise Design 100 course and incorporates a blend of theory and practical application. It prepares participants to design, develop, conduct, control, evaluate, and implement post exercise requirements for a discussion-based exercise, specifically a Tabletop Exercise. The course is comprised of classroom sessions and practical activities. Participants will also have the opportunity to design and participate in a short simulated exercise.

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Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Seminar

This seminar is designed to provide participants with an overview and introduction to the CISM system. Mervyn Halvorsen will discuss and present information on how individuals can take care of themselves and get involved in assisting others in CISM.

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Basic Public Information Officer

In this workshop, participants will learn the reasons why media ask the questions they do, how a media scrum operates, the importance of clear concise messaging that does not create public panic, and how to effectively deliver your message in times of crisis. Sharing information with residents and the importance of relaying critical messages in times of emergency will also be discussed. By the end of this workshop, participants should have a grasp on the basics of media relations and communications during an emergency or disaster. This seminar is intended for municipal/ local service district, and/or fire department officials and other emergency service organization representatives.

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