Training and Continuing Education

State Training Team Schedule -EMERGENCY RESPONSE & INVESTIGATIONS

State Training FY11 Classroom Schedule & Registration Contacts

EMERGENCY RESPONSE & INVESTIGATIONS

ER300 Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents (ICS 300) (formerly MP320)

ER321 Produce Farm Investigations

ER324 Epi-Ready for Response Teams

ER325 Foodborne Illness Investigations

ER400 Advanced Incident Command Structure - Complex Incidents (ICS 400) (formerly MP420)

ER402 Incident Command Structure, Executive Review (CS402) (new)

ER420 Incident Command and General Staff (ICS420) (new)

ER422 Food & Feed Rapid Response Training (formerly MP422)

ER950 Incident Commander (new)

ER952 Incident Command System – Position Specific: Public Information Officer (NEW)

ER958 Operations Section Chief (new)

ER962 Incident Command System – Position Specific: Planning Section Chief (NEW)

ER967 Incident Command System – Position Specific: Logistics Section Chief (NEW)

ER973 Incident Command System – Position Specific: Finance/Admin

ER300 Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents (ICS-300)

Course Description: This course is for personnel who require advanced application of the ICS. The course expands upon information covered in the ICS-100 and ICS-200 web courses. The primary target audiences are response personnel that may assume a supervisory role in expanding incidents or Type 3 incidents.

Objectives: Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe ICS fundamentals and how ICS fits into the Command and Management component of NIMS.
  • Define and identify the primary features of Unified Command how it functions on a multi-jurisdiction or multi-agency incident
  • Describe methods and tools used to assess incident/event complexity and the process for developing incident objectives, strategies, and tactics
  • Identify the differences between planning for incidents and events and the major planning steps including logistical concerns, cost-benefit analysis, understanding the situation, developing and implementing the plan, and evaluating the plan.
  • Identify and describe basic principles of resource management.
  • Describe the importance of a demobilization planning, to include the transfer of command and closeout

Target Audience: Federal, state and local personnel selected to serve on an incident management team (IMT) or others who will serve in an ICS supervisory capacity managing incidents in the field or HQ/Centers (includes Strike Team/Task Force Leader, Unit Leader, Group/Division Supervisor, or Branch Director)

Prerequisites: Prior to attending classroom courses the following FEMA web courses must be completed and verified by their RTO and the DHRD training officer http://training.fema.gov/IS/NIMS.asp

Prerequisite web courses:

  • ICS-100 Introduction to ICS for FDA or ICS-100 Introduction to ICS
    • ICS-200 Basic ICS
    • ICS 700.A National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction
    • ICS 800.B National Response Framework, An Introduction

CEU Credits: 1.8
Course duration: 3 days
Enrollment is limited to 35

 
Dates
Trainer
Registration Contact & FDA/ORA
 
11/2-4/10
Kansas City, MO
Deena D’Addario
301-796-4538
Deena.DAddario@fda.hhs.gov
 
1/11-13/11
Nashville, TN
Deena D’Addario
301-796-4538
Deena.DAddario@fda.hhs.gov
 
1/25-27/11
Cambridge, MA
Deena D’Addario
301-796-4538
Deena.DAddario@fda.hhs.gov
 
04/5-7/11
Portland, OR
Deena D’Addario
301-796-4538
Deena.DAddario@fda.hhs.gov
 
04/19-21/11
Cleveland, OH
Deena D’Addario
301-796-4538
Deena.DAddario@fda.hhs.gov
 

ER321 Produce Farm Investigations

Course Description: The goal of the Produce Farm Investigations course is to train investigators and inspectors on how to conduct investigations at farms and packing facilities that have been implicated in fresh produce related outbreaks and positive pathogen samples. These findings will be used to identify possible contributing factors and environmental antecedents that led to the contamination.

This course provides information on practices and conditions that may lead to microbiological contamination of fresh produce. The course includes site visits and hands-on exercises.

Objectives:

Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:

  • Identify and document how fresh produce became microbiologically contaminated by identifying potential sources and routes of contamination.
  • Apply current Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) principles during produce farm investigations.
  • Collect information on fresh produce farm and packing facility practices and conditions.

Target Audience: Investigators, analysts and inspectors who will conduct produce farm investigations.

CEU Credits: 1.8
Course Duration 4 ½ days
Enrollment is limited to 40

 
Dates
Trainer
Registration Contact & FDA/ORA
 
10/04-08/10
Seattle, WA
Barbara JamesDeena D’Addario
404-253-1281
Barbara.James@fda.hhs.gov
 
 

ER324 Epi-Ready for Response Teams (Capability)(edited)

Course Description: This intermediate to advanced workshop is intended to prepare FDA and State personnel responding to food and feed emergencies individually or in partnership with other FDA Districts and/or States. Course components will build upon the basic Incident Command System structure, effective communications, team building and foodborne illness investigations and awareness.

Objectives: Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Distinguish between active and passive surveillance systems.
  • Use epidemiological study methods to interpret data and identify associations of time, place and persons.
  • Identify the roles, responsibilities that must be performed during a foodborne illness outbreak investigation for members of multi-disciplined teams.
  • Define a foodborne outbreak and various indicators that lead to a foodborne illness investigation, tracebacks and recalls.
  • Recognize systems to interview personnel conduct food prep and/or manufacturing review and identify CSP (contamination, survival and proliferation) factors and collect laboratory samples.
  • Recognize the significance and meaning of epidemiology terms and calculations as they apply to foodborne outbreaks and implicated environments or food products.

Target Audience: Federal, State, local and tribal participants who will have a role responding to or assisting RRT teams involved with food and feed emergencies as part of the Integrated Food Safety System

Prerequisite: Web courses: http://training.fema.gov/IS/NIMS.asp

ICS-100 Introduction to ICS for FDA or ICS-100 Introduction to ICS
ICS-200 Basic ICS
ICS-700 National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction
ICS-800 National Response Framework, An Introduction

Complete the ORA-U online foodborne illness investigation courses (FI 01-06)
Complete the ORA-U online microbiology courses (MIC-01-16)

CEU Credits: 1.8
Course Duration 3 Days
Enrollment up to 50 participants

 
Dates
Trainer
Registration Contact & FDA/ORA
 
11/16-18/10
Lynwood, WA
Janet Williams
301-796-4534
Janet.Williams@fda.hhs.gov
 
01/25-27/11
Nashville, TN
Janet Williams
301-796-4534
Janet.Williams@fda.hhs.gov
 
03/08-10/11
San Antonio, TX
Janet Williams
301-796-4534
Janet.Williams@fda.hhs.gov
 
04/12-14/11
Portland, OR
Janet Williams
301-796-4534
Janet.Williams@fda.hhs.gov
 
04/19-21/11
Cincinnati, Ohio
Janet Williams
301-796-4534
Janet.Williams@fda.hhs.gov
 
05/10-12/11
New York
Janet Williams
301-796-4534
Janet.Williams@fda.hhs.gov
 
07/12-14/11
Philadelphia, PA
Janet Williams
301-796-4534
Janet.Williams@fda.hhs.gov
 
08/23-25/11
Sacramento, CA
Janet Williams
301-796-4534
Janet.Williams@fda.hhs.gov
 
 

ER325 Foodborne Illness Investigations

Course Description: The course primarily focuses on the sanitarian/inspector’s roles in the investigation with insight to the other players on the team such as the laboratory, nursing and epidemiology departments. Course subject matter will vary based on local needs. Methods of instruction include lectures, discussions and hands-on problem solving exercises.

Objectives: Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • With the aid of reference material, differentiate various common foodborne pathogens in respect to typical source, growth and destruction parameters, incubation ranges, and disease symptoms.
  • Describe the concepts of surveillance and associations of time, place and person.
  • Define a foodborne outbreak and describe the various action levels that can lead up to a foodborne illness investigation.
  • Assist with the environmental investigation:
    1. Interview food service personnel
    2. Conduct a food preparation review assessing preparation procedures for opportunities of contamination, growth, survival or death of foodborne pathogens.
    3. Collect laboratory samples.
  • Assist in questionnaire development and implementation, and state the purpose and difference between case definitions and hypotheses.

Target Audience: Federal, state and local regulators conducting or assisting with foodborne illness investigations.

Prerequisite:

  • Completion of new hire training curriculum prior to attending
  • (FDA: Level I; State: Basic Food Inspection Training Curriculum as referenced in Standard 2, Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Standards or Standard 2 of the Retail Food Program Standards)
  • Complete the ORA-U online foodborne illness investigation courses (FI 01-06)
  • Previous food inspection experience.

CEU Credits: 1.8
Course Duration: 3 days
Enrollment is limited to 60

 
Dates
Trainer
Registration Contact & FDA/ORA
 
10/26-28/10
Oak Brooke, IL
Allen Gelfius
301-796-4517
Allen.Gelfius@fda.hhs.gov
 
12/06-10/10
San Antonio, TX

Chief Paul Jordan

Janet Williams
301-796-4534
Janet.Williams@fda.hhs.gov

 
02/01-03/11
Salt Lake City, Utah

Ronald Marsden
801-538-6191
rmarsden@utah.gov

Janet Williams
301-796-4534
Janet.Williams@fda.hhs.gov
 
05/23-26/11
Houston, TX

Ruth Hendy
512-834-6753
Ruth.Hendy@dshs.state.tx.us

Janet Williams
301-796-4534
Janet.Williams@fda.hhs.gov

 

ER400 Advanced ICS Command and General Staff - Complex Incidents (ICS-400)

Course Description: This course is for personnel who require advanced application of the ICS. This course expands upon information covered in ICS-100 through ICS-300 courses. The target audience includes those personnel that are expected to perform in a management capacity.

Objectives: Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe types of agency(ies) policies, guidelines, and agreements that influence management of incident or event activities.
  • List the principal factors often found in or related to major and/or complex incidents/events and the four expansion options for incident/event organization.
  • Define and list the principal advantages of using Area Command Area and describe how, when, and where Area Command would be established.
  • Identify the major guidelines for establishing and using multiagency coordination groups and systems.

Target Audience: Federal, state and local personnel selected to serve in an incident management team (IMT) Command or General Staff position managing incidents in the field or HQ/Centers (including Incident Commander, Public Information Officer, Safety Officer, Liaison Officer, or Section Chiefs/Deputy Section Chiefs).

Prerequisite: ER300 Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents (ICS 300)

CEU Credits: 1.2
Course Duration: 2 Days
Enrollment is limited to 35

Dates
Trainer
Registration Contact & FDA/ORA
 
2/23-24/11
New Orleans, LA
Deena D’Addario
301-796-4538
Deena.DAddario@fda.hhs.gov
 
12/06-10/10
San Antonio, TX
Deena D’Addario
301-796-4538
Deena.DAddario@fda.hhs.gov
 

ER402 Incident Command Structure, Executive Review (CS402)(NEW)

Course Description: This is a half day course that provides executives and senior officials (including elected officials, city/county managers, agency administrators, etc.) an orientation to the Incident Command System (ICS).

Course Outline (Specific Objectives have not been developed for FDA yet)

  • Part 1: What is ICS?
  • Part 2: ICS Organization and Features
  • Part 3: Unified and Area Command
  • Part 4: Coordination and Incident Management Assessment
  • Part 5: ICS Preparedness

Target Audience: Agency Administrators (those not directly serving in the MAC/EOC Policy Group)

Prerequisite: NA

CEU Credits: Pending
Course Duration: 2 – 3 hours
Enrollment is limited to 10

Dates
Trainer
Registration Contact & FDA/ORA
 
TBD
White Oak, MD
Deena D’Addario
301-796-4538
Deena.DAddario@fda.hhs.gov
 

ER420 Incident Command and General Staff (ICS420)(new)

Course Description: This course is for those lead positions within Command and General Staff (Staff Functions) that will be managing the incident utilizing ICS protocol. The focus is on the application of previously acquired knowledge and skills necessary for each position. Participants will be a part of two types of groups (teams and similar position) during exercises. These exercises include a simulation of the mobilization, management, and demobilization all hazard incidents.

Course objectives (as identified by FEMA): Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the ICS planning process and the students’ individual functional responsibilities.
  • Communicate and interact with other team members to resolve conflicts and make safe, effective decisions.
  • Perform as a member of a Type 2 Incident Management Team in managing the incident and developing the Incident Action Plan (IAP).

Target Audience: Personnel who have completed Incident Management Team (IMT ) Command and General Staff trainee requirements

Prerequisites: Position Specific Training for your particular function within the IMT

Incident Commanders: ER950
Public Information Officers: ER952
Operations Section Chiefs: ER958
Planning Section Chiefs: ER962
Logistics Section Chiefs: ER967

CEU Credits: Pending
Course Duration: 5 days
Enrollment limit varies

 
Dates
Trainer
Registration Contact & FDA/ORA
 
6/13-17/11
Kansas City, MO
Deena D’Addario
301-796-4538
Deena.DAddario@fda.hhs.gov
 

ER422 Food & Feed Rapid Response Training (formerly MP422)(edited)

Course Description: This 2 day “meet and greet” workshop is intended to prepare RRT team members responding to food and feed emergencies individually or in partnership with FDA Districts and/or States. Course components will build upon the basic Incident Command System structure, focus on effective communications, team building, developing a mission statement and foodborne illness investigations and awareness.

Objectives: Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe how the Incident Command System principles support the organizational structure of food / feed emergencies.
  • Apply ICS principles when establishing the organizational response structure during food and feed emergencies.
  • Apply team building and strategic communication principles when establishing and maintaining RRT teams.
  • Identify best practices when implementing ICS, team building principles and effective communications when responding to emergencies involving multiple agencies and partners.

Target Audience: Federal, State, local and tribal participants who will have a role responding to or participating on a newly formed RRT team involving food and feed emergencies.

Prerequisite: Web courses: http://training.fema.gov/IS/NIMS.asp

ICS-100 Introduction to ICS for FDA or ICS-100 Introduction to ICS
ICS-200 Basic ICS
ICS-700 National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction
ICS-800 National Response Framework, An Introduction

CEU Credits: NA
Course Duration: 2 Days
Enrollment limit varies

 
Dates
Trainer
Registration Contact & FDA/ORA
 
Scheduled upon request
Kansas City, MO
Janet Williams
301-796-4534
Janet.Williams@fda.hhs.gov
 

ER950 Incident Commander (Position Specific Training)

Course Description: Five day course designed to provide an in depth understanding of the duties, responsibilities and capabilities of an effective Incident Commander or Operations Section Chief on an Incident Management Team. These responsibilities include: responding to the incident and command needs of the incident and effectively fulfilling the position responsibilities on an Incident Management Team. Exercises, simulations, discussions and a final exam will enable participants to process and apply the knowledge.

Course Objectives (as identified by FEMA): Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the duties and responsibilities of the Incident Commander and the Operations Section Chief during incident management operations;
  • Describe the relationship between the Incident Commander and the Operations Section Chief;
  • Describe the duties of the incumbent positions in relationship to the other members of the Command and General Staff;
  • Understand the integration of FDA emergency operations and those being conducted by other governmental entities at the Federal, State, and Local levels;
  • Describe the role of an agency administrator and how they may affect incident operations;
  • Perform, with help from a mentor or qualified trainer as an Incident Commander or Deputy, or as an Operations Section Chief or Deputy in an actual emergency situation.

Target Audience: Personnel who will serve as an Incident Commander or Deputy and have completed required prerequisites

Prerequisite: Prior to being selected to attend, participants must have successfully completed the following:

  • ICS-100 Introduction to ICS for FDA or ICS-100 Introduction to ICS
  • ICS-200 Basic ICS
  • ICS-300 Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents ER300 (formerly MP320)
  • ICS-400 Advanced Incident Command Structure ER400 (formerly MP420)
  • ICS-700 National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction
  • ICS-800 National Response Framework, An Introduction

CEU Credits: Pending
Course Duration: 5 days
Enrollment limit varies

 
Dates
Trainer
Registration Contact & FDA/ORA
 
3/21-25/11
Hanover, MD
Deena D’Addario
301-796-4538
Deena.DAddario@fda.hhs.gov
 

ER952 Public Information Officer (Position Specific Training)(new)

Course Description: This four day course is designed to provide an in depth understanding of the duties, responsibilities and capabilities of an effective Public Information Officer on an Incident Management Team. These responsibilities include: responding to the incident and command needs of the incident and effectively fulfilling the position responsibilities on an Incident Management Team. Exercises, simulations, discussions and a final exam will enable participants to process and apply the knowledge.

Course Objectives (as identified by FEMA): Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the duties and responsibilities of the Public Information Officer during incident management operations;
  • Describe the duties of the incumbent positions in relationship to the other members of the Command and General Staff;
  • Understand the integration of FDA emergency operations and those being conducted by other governmental entities at the Federal, State, and Local levels;
  • Describe the role of an agency administrator and how they may affect incident operations;
  • Be able to perform, with help from a mentor or qualified trainer as a Public Information Officer or Deputy in an actual emergency situation.

Target Audience: Personnel who will serve as a Public Information Officer or Deputy and have completed required prerequisites

Prerequisite: Prior to being selected to attend, participants must have successfully completed the following:

  • ICS-100 Introduction to ICS for FDA or ICS-100 Introduction to ICS
  • ICS-200 Basic ICS
  • ICS-300 Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents ER-300 (formerly MP320)
  • ICS-400 Advanced Incident Command Structure ER-400 (formerly MP420)
  • ICS-700 National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction
  • ICS-800 National Response Framework, An Introduction

CEU Credits: Pending
Course Duration: 4 days
Enrollment limit varies

 
Dates
Trainer
Registration Contact & FDA/ORA
 
5/16-19/11
Chicago, IL
Deena D’Addario
301-796-4538
Deena.DAddario@fda.hhs.gov
 

ER958 Operations Section Chief (Position Specific Training)

Course Description: This five day course is designed to provide an in depth understanding of the duties, responsibilities and capabilities of an effective Incident Commander or Operations Section Chief on an Incident Management Team. These responsibilities include: responding to the incident and command needs of the incident and effectively fulfilling the position responsibilities on an Incident Management Team. Exercises, simulations, discussions and a final exam will enable participants to process and apply the knowledge.

Course Objectives (as identified by FEMA): Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the duties and responsibilities of the Incident Commander and the Operations Section Chief during incident management operations;
  • Describe the relationship between the Incident Commander and the Operations Section Chief;
  • Describe the duties of the incumbent positions in relationship to the other members of the Command and General Staff;
  • Understand the integration of FDA emergency operations and those being conducted by other governmental entities at the Federal, State, and Local levels;
  • Describe the role of an agency administrator and how they may affect incident operations;
  • Be able to perform, with help from a mentor or qualified trainer as an Incident Commander or Deputy, or as an Operations Section Chief or Deputy in an actual emergency situation.

Target Audience: Personnel who will serve as an Operations Section Chief or Deputy and have completed required prerequisites

Prerequisite: Prior to being selected to attend, participants must have successfully completed the following:

  • ICS-100 Introduction to ICS for FDA or ICS-100 Introduction to ICS
  • ICS-200 Basic ICS
  • ICS-300 Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents ER-300 (formerly MP320)
  • ICS-400 Advanced Incident Command Structure ER-400 (formerly MP420)
  • ICS-700 National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction
  • ICS-800 National Response Framework, An Introduction

CEU Credits: Pending
Course Duration: 5 days
Enrollment limit varies

 
Dates
Trainer
Registration Contact & FDA/ORA
 
3/21-25/11
Hanover, MD
Deena D’Addario
301-796-4538
Deena.DAddario@fda.hhs.gov
 

ER962 Planning Section Chief (Position Specific Training)

Course Description: This four day course is designed to provide an in depth understanding of the duties, responsibilities and capabilities of an effective Planning Section Chief on an Incident Management Team. These responsibilities include: responding to the incident and command needs of the incident and effectively fulfilling the position responsibilities on an Incident Management Team. Exercises, simulations, discussions and a final exam will enable participants to process and apply the knowledge.

Course Objectives (as identified by FEMA): Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the duties and responsibilities of the Planning Section Chief during incident management operations;
  • Describe the duties of the incumbent positions in relationship to the other members of the Command and General Staff;
  • Understand the integration of FDA emergency operations and those being conducted by other governmental entities at the Federal, State, and Local levels;
  • Describe the role of an agency administrator and how they may affect incident operations;
  • Be able to perform, with help from a mentor or qualified trainer as a Planning Section Chief or Deputy in an actual emergency situation.

Target Audience: Personnel who will serve as a Planning Section Chief or Deputy and have completed required prerequisites

Prerequisite: Prior to being selected to attend, participants must have successfully completed the following:

  • ICS-100 Introduction to ICS for FDA or ICS-100 Introduction to ICS
  • ICS-200 Basic ICS
  • ICS-300 Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents ER-300 (formerly MP320)
  • ICS-400 Advanced Incident Command Structure ER-400 (formerly MP420)
  • ICS-700 National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction
  • ICS-800 National Response Framework, An Introduction

CEU Credits: Pending
Course Duration: 4 days
Enrollment limit varies

 
Dates
Trainer
Registration Contact & FDA/ORA
 
7/26-29/11
Chicago, IL
Deena D’Addario
301-796-4538
Deena.DAddario@fda.hhs.gov
 

ER967 Logistics Section Chief (Position Specific Training)(new)

Course Description: This two and a half day course is designed to provide an in depth understanding of the duties, responsibilities and capabilities of an effective Logistics Section Chief on an Incident Management Team. These responsibilities include: responding to the incident and command needs of the incident and effectively fulfilling the position responsibilities on an Incident Management Team. Exercises, simulations, discussions and a final exam will enable participants to process and apply the knowledge.

Course Objectives (as identified by FEMA): Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the duties and responsibilities of the Logistics Section Chief during incident management operations;
  • Describe the duties of the incumbent positions in relationship to the other members of the Command and General Staff;
  • Understand the integration of FDA emergency operations and those being conducted by other governmental entities at the Federal, State, and Local levels;
  • Describe the role of an agency administrator and how they may affect incident operations;
  • Be able to perform, with help from a mentor or qualified trainer as a Logistics Section Chief or Deputy in an actual emergency situation.

Target Audience: Personnel who will serve as a Logistics Section Chief or Deputy and have completed required prerequisites

Prerequisite: Prior to being selected to attend, participants must have successfully completed the following:

  • ICS-100 Introduction to ICS for FDA or ICS-100 Introduction to ICS
  • ICS-200 Basic ICS
  • ICS-300 Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents ER-300 (formerly MP320)
  • ICS-400 Advanced Incident Command Structure ER-400 (formerly MP420)
  • ICS-700 National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction
  • ICS-800 National Response Framework, An Introduction

CEU Credits: Pending
Course Duration: 2.5 days
Enrollment limit varies

 
Dates
Trainer
Registration Contact & FDA/ORA
 
3/8-10/11
Chicago, IL
Deena D’Addario
301-796-4538
Deena.DAddario@fda.hhs.gov

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