Emergency Services Sector Training

Emergency Services Sector Training

The Department of Homeland Security as the Sector-Specific Agency for the Emergency Services Sector, along with other government agencies, provide a wide array of free training programs to government and private sector partners to facilitate the Emergency Services Sector mission.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

National Preparedness Directorate

The National Preparedness Directorate (NPD) helps people and communities become more resilient by developing the capabilities needed to prevent, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate against all threats and hazards. NPD provides guidance, programs, and processes to empower people and the communities they live in to be prepared for any hazard.

Center for Domestic Preparedness

The Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) is committed to having an emergency response community prepared for and capable of responding to all-hazards events. The CDP provides advanced, all-hazards training to approximately 50,000 emergency responders annually from state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, as well as the federal government, foreign governments, and private entities, as available. The scope of training includes preparedness, protection, and response. Training of state, local, tribal, and territorial responders is fully funded by the Department of Homeland Security.

Emergency Management Institute

The mission of the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) is to support the Department of Homeland Security's and FEMA’s goals by improving the competencies of U.S. officials in emergency management at all levels of government to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the potential effects of all types of disasters and emergencies on the American people.

National Training and Education Division

The National Training and Education Division (NTED) provides first responders with high-quality training that enhances their skills for preventing, protecting, responding to, and recovering from manmade and natural catastrophic events.

Office for Bombing Prevention

Technical Resource for Incident Prevention (TRIPwire)

Developed and maintained by the Office for Bombing Prevention, the Technical Resource for Incident Prevention (TRIPwire) is the Department’s 24/7 online, secure, collaborative, information-sharing network for bomb squad, law enforcement, and other emergency services personnel to learn about current terrorist improvised explosive device tactics, techniques, and procedures, including design and emplacement considerations.

Counter-Improvised Explosive Device (C-IED) Training and Awareness

To reduce risk to the nation’s critical infrastructure, the Office for Bombing Prevention (OBP) develops and delivers a diverse curriculum of training and awareness products to build nationwide counter-improvised explosive device (IED) core capabilities and enhance awareness of terrorist threats. Coordinated through state homeland security officials and training offices, OBP courses educate on strategies to prevent, protect against, respond to, and mitigate bombing incidents.

Active Shooter Preparedness

Active shooter incidents are often unpredictable and evolve quickly. In the midst of the chaos, anyone can play an integral role in mitigating the impacts of an active shooter incident. DHS aims to enhance preparedness through a "whole community" approach by providing products, tools, and resources to help you prepare for and respond to an active shooter incident. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security hosts a one-day Active Shooter Workshop to enhance awareness of and response to an active shooter event by educating participants on the history of active shooter events; describing common behavior, conditions, and situations associated with active shooters; and fostering communication between infrastructure owners and operators and local emergency response teams—this includes discussions on interoperability, communications protocols, and best practices for planning, preparedness, and response.


For more information, email the Emergency Services Unit at essteam@hq.dhs.gov.

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