Emergency Medical Services: Special Operations R0152

Delivery type 10-Day On-Campus
ACE recommendation In the graduate or upper division baccalaureate degree category, three semester hours in Emergency Medical Services (EMS), fire science, public administration, or health care administration.
CEU’s 6.3
Student pre-course materials and course syllabus

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Training Specialist

Michael Stern

Course description

This 10-day course enables EMS system managers to prepare their organizations for major operations by identifying potential hazards, determining potential resource needs, determining how those resources may be acquired, and developing a plan that enables the effective control of these events.

Events such as mass casualty incidents, storms, earthquakes, technological emergencies, mass gatherings, dignitary visits, and terrorism can place an unusual demand upon our ability to provide continued EMS response to our anticipated daily call volume. It is only through effective planning and preparation for these unique events that we can continue to respond effectively to our customers. This program discusses many of these special operations and the burdens they place upon our communities, EMS systems, and the responders within our systems. This course meets National Incident Management System requirements for Incident Command System (ICS) 300.

Selection criteria

This course is for those who have incident/event management and planning responsibilities for an EMS system. The course is targeted primarily to middle managers at an operational level and to senior planners within the agency.


1. ICS-100-level and ICS-200-level training. Preferred courses are Q0462 and Q0463, available through NFA Online at www.usfa.fema.gov/training/nfa/courses/online.html. Chief’s signature attests that the applicant has completed this required training.

2. IS-700 “National Incident Management System (NIMS) An Introduction” (https://training.fema.gov/IS/).

3. IS-800 “National Response Framework, An Introduction” (https://training.fema.gov/IS/).

4. IS-201 “Forms Used for the Development of the Incident Action Plan” (https://training.fema.gov/IS/) OR ICS 300 Intermediate ICS for the Expanding Incident
Post-course requirements None
Comments With terrorism on the horizon this course has prepared me to handle large-scale casualties...It will be very helpful in preplanning and responding to a large event in my community, and will help me effectively provide for the safety and welfare of the citizens I serve...It has expanded my overall knowledge of emergency planning, acquisition, and deployment of resources.