BEFORE YOU BEGIN … OEM Communications is committed to providing emergency communications services for the Pima County Office of Emergency Management. This is serious stuff, and if you truly want to learn about and to be a part of emergency response, you need to have a basic understanding of the Incident Command System (ICS) and the National Incident Management System (NIMS). This is why we require, at a minimum, that you complete the four FEMA ISP (Independent Study Program) courses that give you the basics in these areas before you can apply for membership. The courses are online, and you can take them at your own pace. Each time you pass an exam, you are given the opportunity to request a PDF certificate of completion. Copies of these PDFs can be e-mailed to the Office of Emergency Management before or with your application for membership (see #4 below). FEMA course list: contains links to the courses, (or see this link).
Courses you need to complete:
IS-100.b Introduction to Incident Command System, ICS-100
IS-200.b ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
IS-700.a National Incident Management System (NIMS) An Introduction
IS-800.b National Response Framework, An Introduction.
To apply, complete the following steps:
- Download the Membership Application form
- Fill it out.
- EITHER: Print a copy and hand it to a member of the OEM staff.
- OR: Save a copy on your computer, and then attach it to an e-mail to OEM.
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