FEMA Corps Position Specific Training began at the DHS Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia, N.M on March 16 for the Sacramento teams and March 20 for the Denver members. Both sessions were completed on March 26. The training was conducted by FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) as a follow up to the March week of FEMA Basic Training held at the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) campuses in Denver and Sacramento.
While the FEMA Basic Training taught by EMI covered topics to include an orientation to FEMA, the disaster declaration process, and programmatic functions within the Agency, the training in Artesia focused on specific incident management positions in Community Relations, Individual Assistance, Public Assistance and Logistics. The FEMA Corps members used their issued 1-1-1 equipment during the training. Nearly all of the student materials in the Basic and Position Specific Training were provided on CD to the students. This minimized printing, shipping, and most importantly the amount of paper the trainees had to carry for the journey to their deployment locations. The Denton MERS Unit set up a wireless network and provided IT support throughout the training period to support the 14 classrooms, team members, instructors, and FEMA Corps management personnel.
The Denver and Sacramento members will join nearly 400 fellow FEMA Corps members from Vicksburg and Vinton NCCC campuses already in the field assisting in FEMA’s response and recovery efforts. They will be deployed to various locations across the country including Queens, NY, the National Processing Service Center (NPSC) in Denton, TX, and additional locations in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Washington, California, and Connecticut .