HSC has unparalleled expertise in emergency management training design, development, and implementation. We apply best practices to performance-based training on tasks, behaviors, and core competencies within the scope of emergency preparedness and disaster response. When coupled with hands-on experiential learning activities, our training development approach allows your organization to easily adapt your emergency management plan to changes in policy or doctrine.
Our experts led the design, development, and delivery of three iterations of the 14-week Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT) Academy at FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP). The team created over 1000 hours of original coursework, conducted 6 Full Scale exercises, coordinated 9 federal and state agencies, 10 FEMA Regions, 225 evaluators, and 150 simulators. During a three-year period, our team trained approximately 230 emergency managers to perform critical functions on three National IMATs and 13 Regional IMATs.
We have led creation of 40 Position Task Book (PTB)-endorsable courses with more than 600 hours of content and exercises for FEMA’s Field Operations Directorate (FOD) via the FEMA Qualification System (FQS) to ensure the operational readiness of their Incident Management workforce. This work spanned the full Assessment, Design, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation (ADDIE) model of instructional systems design, applying practical understanding of real-world emergency management challenges to advise and collaborate with FEMA SMEs to develop accurate, informative, and practical task-based course content and experiential learning activities, inclusive of summative capstone exercises. Courses spanned training for positions ranging from Tier 4 entry-level staff to Tier 1 senior field leadership. Instructional objectives were mapped to participants’ PTB requirements, experiential learning-focused instructional and exercise design replicated field actions as closely as practical for course participants to perform their tasks in the learning environment, and a rigorous evaluation methodology provided FEMA Coach & Evaluators (C&Es) specific criteria for participant evaluation and potential task endorsement.
HSC has designed, developed, and facilitated training for the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA), which provides PK-12 instruction to approximately 73,000 students attending schools that serve the children of United States service men and women. Our asynchronous eLearning modules and synchronous instructor-led training courses have incorporated federal, DoD, and DoDEA emergency management and student services regulations and policies alongside industry best practices for K-12 school systems to deliver a comprehensive training program, preparing DoDEA School Emergency Management Teams (SEMTs) and District Protection Working Groups (PWGs) to keep DoDEA schools safe and students moving forward.
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