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MEMA Partners with Maine Forest Service to Provide All Hazards ICS Training


March 22, 2010


MEMA and the Maine Forest Service have collaborated on providing advanced ICS training to State and Metro first responders, particularly those involved in providing incident support at large scale events. Forest Service instructors have been vetted through the National Wild land Coordinating Group (NWCG) and the Department of Homeland Security to provide this training through FEMAs’ Emergency Management Institute. The first series are being offered in Bangor.

NIMS ICS Position Specific training is designed to provide all-hazards competencies and behaviors for the eight Command and General Staff positions and select unit leader positions. The competencies in the training are focused around the ability of the student to assume the position responsibilities, lead assigned personnel, communicate effectively, and to ensure the completion of assigned tasks to meet identified objectives for the position.

NIMS ICS Position Specific training should be completed by personnel who desire to eventually be certified as a member of a Type III Incident Management Team (IMT) or who desire to seek credentials/certification in an ICS Command and General Staff or Unit Leader position. Personnel qualification relies on a combination of training, operational experience (during exercises or incidents), job shadowing or field mentoring, and administrative requirements (such as agency association and criminal background checks). Credentialed personnel in an ICS Command and General Staff position (as well as unit leader positions) must supplement training for a candidate to meet minimum expectations to qualify for service in an all-hazards NIMS position during a complex multi-jurisdictional incident nationwide (incidents that require responders to hold credentials under the National Emergency Responder Credentialing System).



Mike Grant, MEMA


Last update: 07/20/10