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            [post_content] => The Western Region Homeland Security Advisory Council (WRHSAC) and The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) have received two additional special training opportunities from the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC).


Sports & Special Events Incident Management Training

March 20 & 21, 2019, 8:30 to 4:30 (daily)


Enhanced Sports & Special Event Incident Management Training

July 9—11, 2019, 8:30 to 4:30 (daily)

  Special events such as fairs, parades, festivals, and more are increasingly seen as soft targets by those wishing to cause extensive harm. These courses are designed to further enhance multi-agency collaboration and response to incidents which may occur at a special event or sporting venue. The classes are applicable to all events regardless of size. These courses build on the previous NDPC trainings offered by WRHSAC & MEMA: Sports & Special Events Risk Management & Sports & Special Events Evacuation Training & Exercise; however having attended the previous training is not required.  

The Incident Management Training (Wednesday & Thursday, March 20 & 21, 2019) focuses on unique aspects of response to an incident during a special event, including considerations for business continuity and after-action activities. This training drills Special Event Teams’ preparedness & response plans.


Enhanced Incident Management Training (Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, July 9, 10 & 11, 2019, Tues, Weds & Thursday) is a scenario-based workshop focusing on event planning, incident management, and policy level decision making. The course is intended to prepare participants for the response to a large scale incident during sporting or special events. Participants will engage in three all-hazard, simulation supported (Biological, Mass Casualty, Active Shooter, Improvised Explosive Device (IED), Hazmat, or natural disaster), emergency response exercises to hone individual and team decision-making skills from a Policy Group, Emergency Operations Center (EOC), and Incident Command Post perspective.Participants will engage in simulation-supported, emergency response exercises designed to hone individual and team decision-making and management skills.

Agencies and disciplines are encouraged to attend as teams. The trainings will assist Event/venue owners, local police, fire, EMS and Emergency Management to build multi-agency coordination partnerships. The more members of your response team who attend, the greater the effectiveness of the training towards your preparedness efforts. Both trainings are free and will be held at MEMA Region 3/4 in Agawam. Food will be provided. Both Trainings are full. At this time, the waitlist is also full.  Any questions can be directed to Raine Brown, Homeland Security Program Manager, via email, or 413.774.3167 x138   [post_title] => Special Events Incident Management Training [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => special-events-incident-management-training [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-03-26 09:49:20 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-03-26 13:49:20 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 ) [1] => stdClass Object ( [ID] => 6467 [post_author] => 13 [post_date] => 2019-04-04 09:59:55 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-04-04 13:59:55 [post_content] => Chainsaw operations on a normal day can be dangerous. When trees are bent, snapped, or tangled in piles of debris because of a weather incident, hazards are increased significantly. With the frequency of tornados and hurricanes affecting western Massachusetts in recent years, highway crews and firefighters are being called on more and more to clear debris from roads. Chainsaw safety skills are essential to first responder safety during debris management response. This training series consists of two training modules: Chainsaw Skills & Safety and After the Storm. In Chainsaw Skills & Safety, students will learn about basic safety equipment and PPE, a saw's reactive forces, chain tooth parts, and practice felling, notching, hinging and other cutting techniques and calculations. This is a two-day, 16-hour course. Students must attend both complete days. The training is physically demanding, a morning of classroom learning on the first day, followed by field work in the afternoon and full in-field day on Day 2. Students must self assess their ability to meet these demands. This course is a pre-requisite for After the Storm training. In After the Storm, students will build on the skills learned in the chainsaw skills & safety class. Additionally, students will learn techniques to relieve pressure commonly found in storm-damaged trees. Topics include hazards, spring poles, hangers and leaners, pulls and splits and others. This is a one-day, 8-hour training. Only students who have completed the Chainsaw Skills & Safety class are eligible. This training is physically demanding, all day in the field. Students must self-assess their ability to meet course demands. This training is appropriate for Highway, Department of Public Works and Fire Personnel. The trainings are free and food will be provided. Two separate sessions of Chainsaw Skills & Safety will be held. The first session will be held on Friday and Saturday, April 26 & 27, 2019, at Cummington Fire Department. The second session will be held on Tuesday & Wednesday, April 30 and May 1, at Forest Park, Springfield. Class time is 8:00 am to 5:00 pm each day. One session of After the Storm will be held on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at Forest Park, Springfield. Class time is 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED These classes are full. Thank you for your interest. If you have any questions about these or other WRHSAC trainings, please contact Raine Brown, Homeland Security Program Manager.   [post_title] => Debris Management Chainsaw Safety Training [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => debris-management-chainsaw-safety-training [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-04-09 14:14:41 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-04-09 18:14:41 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 ) [2] => stdClass Object ( [ID] => 6484 [post_author] => 13 [post_date] => 2019-04-04 10:25:56 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-04-04 14:25:56 [post_content] => Response calls are escalating in complexity.  An every-day, ordinary call can suddenly become a multi-discipline, multi-agency response, filled with unknown and life-threatening hazards for first responders & the public. First responders need to quickly identify when an incident requires enhanced, specialty response and increased safety procedures. The Emerging Threats Training 2019 will utilize case-studies, response-call after actions, multi-discipline presentations and equipment demonstrations to raise first responder awareness regarding the complex incidents they may face and the assistance and specialized support available to effectively respond and recover from these incidents. Topics to be covered include, but are not limited to: Clandestine labs found in drug production and explosives; Disaster Medicine; Street Drugs trafficking & responder safety; Technical Rescue;  Specialty Team Embedded Medics; and Human Trafficking. This training is appropriate for all first responder disciplines. The training is free and food will be provided. The training location is The Boylston Rooms, Pleasant Street, Easthampton, MA. 7.5 OEMS credits are available for this training. Registration is required. Please complete the form below to register. [gravityform id="57" title="false" description="false"] [post_title] => Emerging Threats Training [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => emerging-threats-training-2 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-04-12 15:39:17 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-04-12 19:39:17 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 ) [3] => stdClass Object ( [ID] => 6489 [post_author] => 13 [post_date] => 2019-04-04 10:48:35 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-04-04 14:48:35 [post_content] => Officer Down Rescue Instructor Training is a 24-hour performance level course designed to give participants the ability to teach fellow colleagues a variety of techniques, skills and tactics which can be employed to rescue oneself, another first responder or civilian in an active threat environment. Participants will learn self-aid, buddy-aid, live-fire rescue, assorted drags and carries, wound management and more.  This training is open to police, ems and fire first responders from the four counties of western MASS (Berkshire, Franklin, Hampshire & Hampden). Priority will be given to those needing to renew certification. This training is physically demanding requiring lifting, running and the ability to work in tight spaces. Participants should self-assess their capacity to meet these demands. The training is free and food will be provided. The training location is the Swift River Gun Club in Belchertown, MA. Training dates are Monday through Wednesday, June 10 - 12, 2019. Attendance at all three days is required to receive a certificate. OEMS credits will be available. The training is full. Complete the form below if you'd like to be added to the waitlist. 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Upcoming Training and Exercises Date
Special Events Incident Management TrainingWhere: MEMA, Region 3/4, 1002 Suffield Street, Agawam, MA Wednesday, March 20th, 2019 @ 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Debris Management Chainsaw Safety TrainingWhere: Multiple Locations Friday, April 26th, 2019 @ All day
Emerging Threats TrainingWhere: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Wednesday, May 8th, 2019 @ The Boylston Rooms, Easthampton, MA
Officer Down Rescue Instructor TrainingWhere: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday, June 10th, 2019 @ Swift River Gun Club, Belchertown, MA