Public Health Preparedness Training Courses


Public Health focused Type 3 Incident Management Team AHIMT (0-305) 


This five-day course serves as a public health focused AHIMT specific training and basic introduction to the activities and processes of a Type 3 AHIMT.  This course meets the needs of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the National Response Framework (NRF). The Type 3 AHIMT course focuses on the importance of developing and operating as a functional Type 3 AHIMT.   This Course covers the following topics:

Introduction to IMT Training Foundation
Command and General Staff functions
Incident Management Team dynamics
Unified Command and Major Incident Management
Deployment Factors
Transfer of Command and Integration with Local Jurisdiction
Coordination of Onsite Resources
Planning Processes and Documentation
Demobilization 
Simulated On-Scene IMT Operations


The participants work together during mentored exercise activities to ensure through understanding of the All-Hazards Incident Management Team concepts by all participants. 

ICS-100 and ICS-200 Incident Command System On-Site Delivery


ICS 100, Introduction to the Incident Command System, 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). 

ICS 200 is designed to enable personnel to operate efficiently during an incident or event within the Incident Command System (ICS). ICS-200 provides training on and resources for personnel who are likely to assume a supervisory position within the ICS. 

EDPS offers these courses as an on-site delivery.   The on-site delivery ensures that participants are able to ask questions and better develop an understanding for the Incident Command System.  This is especially helpful for organizations that don't use the ICS on a regular basis such as private sector organizations that want to integrate into a public sector disaster response.


ICS-300 Intermediate Incident Command System - G300 (Public Health Focused)
This course addresses the functions of command within an Incident Command System (ICS). The focus of this course is on activating the necessary elements on the prolonged incident and the various forms and documentation to assist in the incident. Discussion includes the responsibilities of each section chief and the various branch, division, group and unit leaders, and includes a short review of ICS and the National Incident Management System (NIMS). This course will provide a valuable command learning experience in a ‘real-time’ learning environment. The course is highly recommended for emergency response personnel interested in learning how to effectively operate within a fully functional incident command system and meets the NIMS Integration Center requirements for ICS Level 300. 

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CS-400 Advanced Incident Command System - G400 (Public Health Focused)
This course provides training on and resources for personnel who require advanced application of the Incident Command System (ICS). This course expands upon information covered in ICS 100 through ICS 300 courses. The target audience for this course is senior personnel who are expected to perform in a management capacity in an Area Command or Multi-Agency Coordination Entity. 


​​NIMS/ICS All-Hazard Position Specific Courses (Public Health Focused) 

These courses are full FEMA/EMI certification courses in which participants will be issued a certificate from the Emergency Management Institute.  The courses provide advanced level training needed by Public Health personnel responsible for managing incidents of greater complexity than those typically encountered during routine operations. This training is designed to provide all-hazards competencies and behaviors for Command and General Staff and selected Unit Leader positions within a Type III and/or Type IV Incident Management Team (IMT) environment. Competencies in the training are focused around the ability of the student to assume specific position responsibilities, lead assigned personnel, communicate effectively, and to ensure the completion of assigned tasks in order to meet identified objectives for the position.  EDPS customize these courses for our Public Health clients to ensure they meet our customers requirements and still meet the requirements for the FEMA guidelines.  The following is a list of courses that are offered:

Public Health Incident Commander 
Public Health Liaison Officer
Public Health Safety Officer
Public Health Public Information Officer
Public Health Operations Section Chief
Public Health Planning Section Chief
Public Health Logistics Section Chief
Public Health Finance/Admin Section Chief
Public Health Strike Team/Task Force Leader
Public Health Division/Group Supervisor
Public Health Situation Unit Leader
Public Health Supply Unit Leader
Public Health Facilities Unit Leader


NIMS/ICS All-Hazard Position Specific Overview Courses (Public Health Focused)
The NIMS All-Hazards ICS Position Specific Overview Courses are eight (8) hour courses that provide information to participants about the specific position that is being presented.  The participants will be introduced to the responsibilities and tasks associated with the position from an All-Hazards perspective.  During the presentation, the participants will also be introduced to the ICS Forms that are the responsibility of position being presented to complete during an event and how the relate to the position.  The courses also include short exercises and case studies that are discipline specific for the audience to reinforce the content being presented.  The class will end with a final exercise and quiz for all participants.  As an added value, the participants will be provided a resource file that includes items that are helpful during a response.   This course is not a FEMA/EMI Certification course.


Core Disaster Life Support

The Core Disaster Life Support® (CDLS) course is a 3.5 hour competency-based, awareness-level course that introduces clinical and public health concepts and principles for the management of disasters and public health emergencies.  The course incorporates the “all-hazards” approach to personal, institutional, and community disaster management through the use of two unique mnemonics, the PRE-DISASTER Paradigm™ (which applies to event mitigation and preparedness) and the DISASTER Paradigm™ (which applies to event recognition, response, and recovery).


Basic Disaster Life Support

The Basic Disaster Life Support™ (BDLS®) course is a 7.5 hour competency-based, awareness-level course that introduces concepts and principles to prepare health professionals for the management of injuries and illnesses caused by disasters and public health emergencies. The course builds upon, applies, and reinforces information presented in the Core Disaster Life Support® (CDLS®) course. This includes application of core principles and concepts in emergency management and public health as introduced in the CDLS course through the PRE-DISASTER Paradigm™ and DISASTER Paradigm™. The primary focus of the BDLS course is incorporation of an “all-hazards” approach to mass casualty management and population-based care across a broad range of disasters. Measures to ensure and enhance health workforce readiness are emphasized throughout the course. This includes a consistent and scalable approach to workforce protection and casualty management, as well as, mass casualty triage and fatality management.

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Advanced Disaster Life Support

The Advanced Disaster Life Support™ (ADLS®) course is an intense 15-hour course that allows participants to demonstrate competencies in mass casualty management. Core education elements include the ADLS manual and five interactive lectures (Disasters and Public Health Emergencies; Triage in Disasters and Public Health Emergencies; Health System Surge Capacity for Disasters and Public Health Emergencies; Community Health Emergency Operations and Response; and Legal and Ethical Issues in Disasters). Essential training components include population scenarios discussion; mass casualty triage tabletop and situational training exercises; surge tabletop scenario for a health care facility; personal protective equipment skills performance and decontamination video review; casualty management in small groups with simulated scenarios; and emergency operations center situational training exercise


Emergency Operations Center Familiarization  for Public Health and Hospitals
The EDPS EOC familiarization for Public Health and Hospitals courses will provide participants information about operating an Emergency Operations Center during a Public Health or Hospital emergency. This course will provide an overview of the basic EOC principles, different EOC Staff position, case studies, required documentation (ICS/HICS forms), and exercises to reinforce the information presented. The instructor will also discuss integration with a system wide or regional coordination entity.  Contact EDPS today for a comprehensive course agenda and to schedule a class for your agency.

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