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Special Events Incident Management Training

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