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2017-08-24
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            [post_content] => The Western Region Homeland Security Advisory Council (WRHSAC) and the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) invite you to attend Emergency Operations Center Operations and Planning Training being held at the John W. Olver Transit Center in Greenfield, MA on September 18 - 20, 2017. The training is taught by Texas A&M Extension Services (TEEX).

This course is designed to provide personnel who may be assigned to work in an Emergency Operations Center (EOC), or other coordinating center, the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to effectively operate in an EOC environment during a large-scale incident by applying and implementing an all-hazards, multi-disciplinary, management approach as described in the National Incident Management System (NIMS ), The course places specific emphasis on the key functions of planning, resource management, and information management, providing proven processes, while exposing the participant to the other concepts and functions within an EOC. The course utilizes a scenario-based, simulation-supported exercise running throughout the course allowing participant’s practical experience with the emergency management processes and decision-making skills to effectively manage an EOC.

This training is open to mid-to-senior level staff from all disciplines, especially those who have a role in standing up an Emergency Operations Center or Multi-Agency Coordination Center. All registrants will be placed on a waitlist. Accepted participants will receive email confirmation.

The course consists of three days, eight hours each. You must attend all three days to receive a certificate. The course will start at 8:00 am and run to 5:00 pm.

This training is full. We have developed a waitlist. Please complete the form below to be added to the waitlist. We will notify you if there are any openings.

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            [post_content] => The WRHSAC Anti-Terrorism Exercise Series 2015 will bring together the four counties of western Massachusetts to improve preparedness for and response to a terrorist threat. Four tabletop exercises will be held, one in each county. Save the date for your county:
  • Berkshire County, Wednesday, April 8, 2015, Country Club of Pittsfield, 639 South St., Pittsfield, MA 8a-3p REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR BERKSHIRE COUNTY EXERCISE
  • Franklin County, Tuesday, April 28, 2015, French King Restaurant, 129 French King Highway, Erving, MA 8a -3p  REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR THE FRANKLIN COUNTY EXERCISE
  • Hampden County, Tuesday, May 12, 2015, Castle of Knights, 1599 Memorial Drive, Chicopee, MA, 8a - 3p - REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR THE HAMPDEN COUNTY EXERCISE
  • Hampshire County, Thursday, May 14, 2015, Hadley Farms Meeting House, 41 Russell St (Rt. 9), Hadley, MA, 8a - 3p, REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR HAMPSHIRE COUNTY
The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) National Protection and Programs Directorate’s (NPPD) Office of Infrastructure (IP) Sector Outreach and Program Division (SOPD) is planning and facilitating the exercise series. A planning group consisting of first responders from multiple disciplines throughout western Massachusetts, MEMA, MSP, Regional Hazmat Response Team, Northwest Massachusetts Incident Management Team, DPH, FBI, Pan Am and CSX Railroads and others have been working with DHS to develop the exercise scenario, goals and objectives.   [post_title] => WRHSAC Anti-Terrorism Tabletop Exercise Series 2015 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => wrhsac-anti-terrorism-tabletop-exercise-series-2015 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2015-05-11 12:53:28 [post_modified_gmt] => 2015-05-11 16:53:28 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://wrhsac.org/?p=4066 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 ) [2] => stdClass Object ( [ID] => 3967 [post_author] => 5 [post_date] => 2014-12-23 10:07:18 [post_date_gmt] => 2014-12-23 15:07:18 [post_content] => Homemade explosives and clandestine drug production incidents are increasing throughout the Commonwealth. Police, Fire, EMS and Public Health are often the first to encounter these operations. This training will provide guidance on how to identify these hazards, what agencies to call and how to protect themselves and the public.

The following topics will be discussed: • Homemade explosives manufacturing • Methamphetamine "One Pot" production • Marijuana grow operations • Butane hash oil production

One session will be offered in each county of Western Massachusetts. Registration is required. The trainings is free. Click one of the links below to register for a class. OEMS Continuing Education Credits are available Berkshire County Wednesday, January 7, 2015 6:00pm to 10:00pm Elm's Classroom, Hillcrest Campus 165 Tor Court Pittsfield, MA Hampshire County Wednesday, January 14, 2015 8:00am to 12:00pm (noon) UMass Police Department 585 East Pleasant St Amherst, MA Hampden County Thursday, January 22, 2015 8:00am to 12:00pm (noon) MEMA 1002 Suffield Street Agawam, MA Click here to register for Agawam Session Franklin County Saturday, January 31, 2015 8:00am to 12:00pm (noon) Stinchfield Hall (North 335) One College Drive Greenfield, MA Click here to register for Greenfield Session [post_title] => Hazmat Emerging Trends for First Responders [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => hazmat-emerging-trends-for-first-responders [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2015-01-20 11:59:58 [post_modified_gmt] => 2015-01-20 16:59:58 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://wrhsac.org/?p=3967 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 ) )
Upcoming Training and Exercises Date
Emergency Operations Center Operations and Planning TrainingWhere: John W. Olver Transit Center, 12 Olive Street, Greenfield, MA Monday, September 18th, 2017 @ 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
WRHSAC Anti-Terrorism Tabletop Exercise Series 2015Where: Multiple Locations & Dates Wednesday, April 8th, 2015 @ 8:00 to 3:00 pm
Hazmat Emerging Trends for First RespondersWhere: Multiple Locations Wednesday, January 7th, 2015