Federal Law Enforcement Strengthen Emergency Management Skills

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By Marlene Phillips, Office of Public Affairs

Thirty three Federal law enforcement officers and staff from the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the U.S. Justice Department’s Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives graduated in July from FEMA’s Foundations of Emergency Management course. The course, delivered by the Emergency Management Institute at ATF Headquarters in Washington, D.C., provides attendees the basic skills and knowledge to meet the challenges of emergency management.

The National Emergency Management Academy course covers legal issues as well as intergovernmental and interagency context.  Students learn about influencing, organizing and serving the whole community. The course also covers:

  • managing stress,
  • collaboration,
  • preparedness,
  • team building,
  • protection,
  • prevention,
  • mitigation,
  • response,
  • ethical decision-making,
  • recovery,
  • technology,
  • administration, and
  • the future. 

“Law enforcement is an integral part of emergency management before, during and after disasters,” said EMI Superintendent Tony Russell.  “Law enforcement personnel who attend EMI’s Foundations of Emergency Management course take what they learn and apply the basics of emergency management to their specific law enforcement roles in the field to help them provide better community assistance during emergencies.”  

EMI and ICE signed a Memorandum of Agreement to initiate a cooperative training effort to provide courses for law enforcement officials whose positions include responsibilities in the field of emergency management during disasters.  The course was held in July 2013.

“Law enforcement is an important part of successful emergency management and this EMI course demonstrates a true whole-community approach for training and educating law enforcement personnel,” said Roberto Hylton, FEMA’s senior law enforcement advisor.  “We strive to help law enforcement to be better prepared when disasters strike as they work to protect and serve the people in their communities and respond in times of national emergencies.”

The National Emergency Management Academy offers the tools for students to develop a comprehensive set of basic skills needed in emergency management.  For those who are new to emergency management or transferring from another profession, this Academy provides a unique opportunity to build camaraderie and establish professional contacts.   Students also learn to understand the roles, responsibilities and legal boundaries associated with emergency management.

The Academy is part of FEMA’s new Emergency Management Professional Program.  The EMPP curriculum is designed to support life-long learning for emergency managers and includes:

  •  The entry-level academy
  • A Specialized and Technical Training program to develop specific skill sets
  • A Leaders Academy to develop the next generation of emergency management leaders
  • An Executive Academy for federal, state, tribal and local agency officials at a senior policy and strategic level

FEMA is linking training and career development programs to an established set of competencies through a progressive training and education system.  EMI develops training objectives based on the Emergency Management competencies agreed to by the National Emergency Management Association, the International Association of Emergency Managers, and state, local, tribal, and territorial emergency management professionals. 

Please visit the EMPP page if you are interested in FEMA’s training courses and the Foundational, Leaders and Executive Academies.

Last Updated: 
07/24/2014 - 16:00
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