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Department of Public Safety Standards and Training Completes Delivery of 12 Incident Management Training Classes (Photo) - 06/08/19

Oregon's law enforcement, fire, EMS, and emergency management personnel manage a wide-variety of incidents on a daily basis.  Some of these incidents (sports events, community gatherings, wildfires, floods, etc.) may require several public safety resources/agencies and may draw large audiences that require a dedicated incident management team.

To help develop personnel who may be called upon to manage large incidents, the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) hosted a dozen all hazards incident management training classes over the past four months at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem.  All of the classes used curriculum developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and instructors approved by the United States Department of Homeland Security and Oregon Emergency Management.

The classes ranged from three to five days in length.  The classes includes the All Hazard Incident Management Team (AHIMT) training class to incident management team position specific classes such as Safety Officer, Public Information Officer, Logistics Section Chief, Planning Section Chief, Operation Section Chief, Incident Commander and others.

These courses provided local, state, tribal and federal-level emergency responders with a robust understanding of the duties, responsibilities, and capabilities of the various positions within an incident management team.

All courses used an instructor-led training format that supports learning through discussion, lecture, and active participation in multiple exercises that provides a realistic, scenario-driven approach to mastering the skills required of a designated position. Exercises, simulations, discussions, and a final exam enabled participants to process and apply their new knowledge.

More than one hundred public safety leaders from law enforcement, emergency management, fire and EMS agencies around the state, and neighboring states, completed the training.  Responders from organizations such as the United States Coast Guard, forestry, public works, American Red Cross, and others also attended the training as they play an active role in managing and working with partner organizations on a variety of all-hazard/all-risk incidents.

DPSST Director Eriks Gabliks said "DPSST is pleased to offer these training classes to help prepare men and women from our public safety community that may be called upon to help manage a large incident created by either a natural or man-made event.  Oregon experiences a number of large events each year ranging from wildfires and floods to national sporting events and other gatherings that attract thousands of spectators and participants.  With hundreds of public safety personnel retiring over the next three years we need to ensure we are offering professional development opportunities to develop those who will be moving into various command roles on our local, tribal, regional and state incident management teams."

## Background Information on the DPSST ##

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy which spans more than 235 acres in Salem. The Academy is nationally recognized for its innovative training programs and active stakeholder involvement. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director, and Sheriff Jason Myers of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office serves as the Chair of the Board. The department implements minimum standards established by the Board for the training and certification of more than 45,000 city, tribal, county and state law enforcement officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers and private security providers.

DPSST provides training to more than 25,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem: certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and reviews and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the Board.

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