Kansas Emergency Management Training Program
The mission of the Training Section of Kansas Division of Emergency Management is to provide training and support for each county’s Emergency Management, their staff, and the State ESF partners, to support them as they create and sustain a training program within their jurisdiction. The objective is to provide training programs that will enhance the knowledge, skills, and abilities of local and state emergency managers, their staff and State ESF Partners in the areas of mitigation, prevention, preparedness, response and recovery involving all-hazard disasters and emergencies. Kansas Emergency Management facilitates the delivery skill building courses for first responders through the use of federal training programs at CPD, NMT, TEEX and other DHS approved courses. In Kansas, the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center and the Kansas Fire & Rescue Training Institute have statutory responsibility and are provided annual state funding to provide discipline specific training to meet discipline specific standards and/or requirements. However, many first responders, state agency, private industry and non-governmental partners may attend the general emergency management courses offered by KDEM.
The Training Program utilizes training resources from Federal, State and non-governmental partners to ensure that all training activities support identified capabilities, priorities, needs and lessons learned. This includes facilitating the delivery of courses locally and coordinating attendance at training delivered outside the State of Kansas.
The Training Program integrates and coordinates training programs and activities into all preparedness, planning, response and recovery missions. Alignment of local and State capabilities focused on State and national priorities is achieved through regular training evaluations; regional needs assessments (conducted annually), strategic curricula guidelines, and institutionalized training opportunities.
Training is a vital component of emergency management and homeland security. Training helps prepare communities, emergency workers, organizations, and citizens to handle a variety of situations. The Kansas Division of Emergency Management and Kansas Homeland Security Division offers training for mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery activities.
Training is available at no cost to personnel in the emergency management, fire department, law enforcement, emergency medical services, public officials, public works, school personnel, public health and medical, disaster volunteer organizations, business and industry personnel, and others involved in the Local and State Emergency Management system.
For a calendar of upcoming courses log on to KS-TRAIN (Kansas Training Center)
National Incident Management System (NIMS) & Incident Command System (ICS) Training
What Is the National Incident Management System?
The National Incident Management System (NIMS) provides a systematic, proactive approach to guide departments and agencies at all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector to work seamlessly to prevent, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of incidents, regardless of cause, size, location, or complexity, in order to reduce the loss of life and property and harm to the environment. NIMS works hand in hand with the National Response Framework (NRF). NIMS provides the template for the management of incidents, while the NRF provides the structure and mechanisms for national-level policy for incident management.
NIMS on-line courses:
Intermediate Incident Command System (ICS-300) and Advanced Incident Command System (ICS-400) courses are classroom courses offered by Kansas Emergency Management. Check the calendar on KSTRAIN for courses in your area. If you would like host a 300 or 400 course, please complete the course request form.
For additional Independent Study courses visits the FEMA Independent Study site
Field delivery of ICS-300 & ICS-400 may also be provided by Kansas Fire & Rescue Training Institute, and Kansas Emergency Management may provide these courses with a request through the county emergency manager.
Homeland Security Training Program
The Department of Homeland Security/FEMA provides a wide variety of awareness and skills courses for all state and local emergency management personnel and first responders through the members of the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC). The majority of the NDPC courses are available free of charge. Courses are delivered on-line, or at the NDPC facility. If you are interested in attending a course you must complete the appropriate application and forwarded it to Erin McGinnis, State Training Officer for Kansas at Erin.m.McGinnis2.firstname.lastname@example.org or fax the application to: 785-274-1914.
Do I need a FEMA SID?
If you are going to register for any FEMA training you must have a Student Identification Number (SID). A FEMA Student Identification (SID) number is a unique number generated and assigned to anyone who needs or is required to take training provided by a FEMA organization. Your FEMA SID uniquely identifies you throughout the FEMA organization and all of its agencies. The goal is for your FEMA SID to serve as your personal identification number instead of your Social Security Number (SSN) in support of FEMA’s effort to decrease/cease the use of SSN for identifying and tracking individuals.
A FEMA SID is required to register for and participate in any training provided by FEMA agencies. All FEMA training providers’ registration systems and enrollment procedures require a valid FEMA SID. Your FEMA SID serves as your personal identification number and merges/links/connects/combines all of your FEMA training records under one account to simplify keeping track of all your FEMA training accomplishments.
If you do not have a Student Identification Number (SID) please follow the link below. You will need one to apply for any FEMA course.
NPDC providers also have courses that can be delivered in the State of Kansas. For information on bringing any of these courses into Kansas, please contact the State Training Officer at (785) 274-1413. All requests must be approved and coordinated through the State Authorized Agent's Training Point of Contact.
Regional Homeland Security Councils wishing to bring DHS-Approved or Non-DHS Approved courses must contact the State Training Officer, Erin McGinnis at (785) 274-1413 before making any arrangements for training. All requests for these courses must be initiated from the Training Office to the vendor. Course requests must be approved and coordinated through the State Authorized Agent's Training Point of Contact.
Emergency Management Institute (EMI)
The Emergency Management Institute provides general emergency management training on-line and at the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, MD.
FEMA's Online Course Catalogue
Hazardous Materials Training
Hazardous Materials courses are offered by Kansas Fire & Rescue Training Institute and Kansas Fire Marshall's Office and the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium providers.
For emergency management and homeland security training questions please contact the State Training Officer, Erin McGinnis at 785-274-1413 or Isabel Herrera Schultes at 785-274-1412.