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Recommended Pre-Work

ICS 100, 200, 700, and 800 (free, self-paced courses provided by FEMA):

Introduction to the Incident Command System, ICS 100

Basic Incident Command System for Initial Response, ICS 200

An Introduction to the National Incident Management System, ICS 700

National Response Framework, An Introduction. ICS 800

Why? Proof of completion of the ICS 100, 200, 700, and 800 courses are required by most emergency response organizations. These courses provide a standard incident management approach used by governmental and non-governmental agencies.

First Aid/CPR/AED Training (preferably through or certified by the American Heart Association, American Red Cross, or the National Safety Council)

Basic/standard training:

Heartsaver® First Aid CPR AED Training 

American Red Cross - all training courses

National Safety Council First Aid CPR AED

Other/advanced training:

American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS)

Basic Life Support for Health Care, Professional Rescuers

BLS Training for Healthcare and Public Safety

NOLS Wilderness Medicine (Wilderness First Responder, EMT)

Remote Medical (Wilderness First Aid, First Responder, EMT)

Why? Different standards in First Aid/CPR/AED training will be required by most remote/response organizations. Having a minimum certification/skill set will help prepare you for additional training requirements. It is always a best-practice to be able to provide care for yourself and those around you during an emergency.

Assisting Individuals in Crisis or equivalent (costs and availability vary based on provider)

Why? Assisting Individuals in Crisis provides a strong foundation in one-on-one "emotional first aid" techniques. The ICISF protocols were developed specifically for first responders (i.e. police, fire, and emergency medical services).

Group Crisis Intervention or equivalent (costs and availability vary based on provider)

Why? Group Crisis Intervention equips participants with knowledge and tools to provide several group crisis interventions, specifically demobilizations, defusing, and the Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD), specifically developed for homogenous first responder groups (i.e. police, fire, and emergency medical services).

It is strongly recommended that Assisting Individuals in Crisis be completed before attending Group Crisis Intervention training.

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