Other Training Opportunities
A variety of additional training is available for local volunteers and program managers. The training opportunities listed below are all free and available online to help expand your team’s skills and knowledge covering different aspects of program management and Fire Corps activities.
Emergency Management Institute – Independent Study Program (ISP)
IS-100.b – (ICS 100) Introduction to Incident Command System: This course introduces the Incident Command System (ICS) and provides the foundation for higher level ICS training. This course describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the Incident Command System. It also explains the relationship between ICS and the National Incident Management System (NIMS).
IS-200.b (ICS 200) ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents: This course is designed to enable personnel to operate efficiently during an incident or event within the Incident Command System (ICS). ICS-200 provides training and resources for personnel who are likely to assume a supervisory position within the ICS.
IS-700.a National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction: This course introduces and overviews the National Incident Management System (NIMS). NIMS provides a consistent nationwide template to enable all government, private-sector, and nongovernmental organizations to work together during domestic incidents.
IS-7 A Citizen’s Guide to Disaster Assistance: This independent study course provides a basic understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the local community, state, and the federal government in providing disaster assistance. It is appropriate for both the general public and those involved in emergency management who need a general introduction to disaster assistance.
IS-10.a – Animals in Disasters: Awareness and Preparedness: This course is intended to help animal owners, care providers, and industries to understand incident management.
IS-11.a – Animals in Disasters: Community Planning: This course provides information for groups to meet and develop meaningful and effective plans that improve the care of animals, their owners, and the animal-care industries in disasters.
IS-22 Are You Ready? An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness: This course is designed to help the citizens of this nation learn how to protect themselves and their families against all types of hazards. It can be used as a reference source or as a step-by-step manual. The focus of the content is on how to develop, practice, and maintain emergency plans that reflect what must be done before, during, and after a disaster to protect people and their property. Also included is information on how to assemble a disaster supplies kit that contains food, water, and other supplies in sufficient quantity for individuals and their families to survive.
IS-55 Household Hazardous Materials – A Guide for Citizens: This course was designed for the general public. The course will introduce you to household hazardous materials and things you can do to protect yourself and your family from injury or death.
IS-240.a Leadership & Influence: Being able to lead others – to motivate them to commit their energies and expertise to achieving the shared mission and goals of the emergency management system – is a necessary and vital part of the job for every emergency manager, planner, and responder. This course is designed to improve your leadership and influence skills.
IS-242.a Effective Communication: Being able to communicate effectively is a necessary and vital part of the job for every emergency manager, planner, and responder. This course is designed to improve your communication skills.
IS-244.a Developing and Managing Volunteers: This course is for emergency managers and related professionals working with all types of volunteers and coordinating with voluntary agencies. The course provides procedures and tools for building and working with voluntary organizations.
IS-366 Planning for the Needs of Children in Disasters: The purpose of this course is to provide guidance for Emergency Managers and implementers of children’s programs about meeting the unique needs that arise among children as a result of a disaster or emergency.
IS-650.a Building Partnerships with Tribal Governments: This course provides an understanding, appreciation, and respect for tribal cultures so that effective relationships can be formed and evolve.
National Fire Academy
Community Safety Educators (Q118): This short, fun, “easy-to-take” web-based course focuses on how to do a better job of planning, implementing, and evaluating safety programs in your community. The course teaches you how to network effectively with various people in your organization and within your community to accomplish community life safety goals. It is designed for all public fire and life safety educators and suitable for experienced and non-experienced educators, volunteer and career community educators.
National Fire Protection Association
Get Ready! Preparing Your Community for a Disaster: The Get Ready guide offers everything you need to get started, from easy-to-follow training tips to helpful hints on raising money for your safety programs. You’ll find a detailed lesson plan along with training tips, and evaluation ideas. In addition to the guide, there is a PowerPoint presentation to use during your trainings, as well as handouts, including disaster preparation tips for special audiences and fact sheets on what to do before, during, and after a disaster.
National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC)
The NVFC offers a series of training courses on a variety of topics, including grant-writing, leadership, emergency services liability, transitioning from a volunteer to combination department, navigating fire service funerals, recruitment, retention, and junior firefighter programs. Health and safety topics include vehicle safety, Incident Safety Officer, equipment management, pump operations and maintenance, choosing the right PPE, Health and Wellness Advocate, behavioral health, rehab, carbon monoxide, functional exercise, nutrition, health and wellness program design, heart health, smoking cessation, obesity, insulin, and stress. View course descriptions and access training at www.nvfc.org/training/education/courses.
Safe Kids Training Academy
The Safe Kids Academy is a free online training center designed for safety educators. The Academy’sDelivering Fire and Life Safety Education course features eight modules, each complete with quizzes and downloadable resources, that can be completed at your own pace. Additional courses will be added in topics including cooking safety education, child passenger safety, pedestrian safety, sports and rec, and babysitting safety.
Training Developed by Local Fire Corps Programs
All of these programs were developed for a particular Fire Corps program. They are flexible enough to be altered to be of value to Fire Corps programs across the country. If you have a training course that you would like to share with other programs, please email us with a brief description at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Care and Feeding of Firefighters: Developed in 2009 by Stayton Fire District’s Captain / EMS Coordinator Sherry Bensema from Stayton, OR, this interactive document is designed to give structured training on how to perform non-emergency rehab duties on emergency scenes.
Education Methodology for Fire Corps Members: Developed by Michigan Fire Corps State Advocate Dwayne Thompson, this module is designed to help Fire Corps members enhance their presentation skills and communicate effectively when teaching to the public.
Introduction to Incident Command and Fire Department Operations: Developed by Michigan Fire Corps State Advocate Dwayne Thompson, this module provides information about how to integrate Fire Corps Citizen Advocates into fire department operations.
Residential Disaster Preparedness: Developed by Michigan Fire Corps State Advocate Dwayne Thompson, this PowerPoint presentation is an overview of information about preparing for a disaster.
Wyoming Safe Homes – Home Safety Assessment Program
Wyoming Safe Homes is a combined effort between City of Laramie Fire and Rescue, Sweetwater County Fire District #1, and the Wyoming Department of Fire Prevention and Electrical Safety.
Home Safety Assessment Program Booklet – Pub I PDF
This booklet for the home occupant is set up specifically for an individual fire department (Laramie Fire and Rescue, WY) but is designed to be adaptable for specific hazards and solutions found in your community.
Data Collection Booklet – Pub I PDF
This booklet is for the fire personnel to use during the Home Safety Check and then brought back for data collection. This was also designed for a specific department, but can be adapted for specific hazards and solutions found in your community.