Guest Blog: Train the Trainer Course

We have been running a Guest Blog this week from the Train-the Trainer course being held at the Colorado Division of Emergency Management office this week. Thank you to the students and instructors for sharing their classroom experiences with us.

The students reviewed new FEMA material released this fall (September 2011) Incident Command System (ICS)  which includes new scenarios focused on different all-hazards scenarios to encompass more generic disasters and relate to more audiences. These instructors will be tasked with teaching all disciplines in ICS 300 and ICS 400 classes.
We have been fortunate to recruit many instructors from areas of the state where we previously have had only a few instructors.  The ability to build capacity in the Grand Junction/Mesa, Northeast and Northwest parts of the state is a great stride in making things more efficient for eastern and western cities and counties.  Our goal for the State of Colorado is to have enough qualified ICS instructors to adequately cover all areas of the state.  We have made great progress this week. Thank you to the agencies and agency administrators  who have let their candidates attend the training this week.
We will be updating the existing ICS instructors after the first of the year with the new changes.We will continue to teach the older 2008 version until June 30, 2012.  
Submitted by Robyn Knappe, DEM Training Manager
A Students Point of View
Members from agencies across Colorado are here at the State EOC for the Intermediate Incident Command System (ICS) for Expanding Incidents and Advanced ICS (ICS 300/400) Train the Trainer class.  This class is designed to give qualfied individuals an overview of the courses that they can then take back to their communities to teach.  This class takes an Interagency approach to managing large scale incidents and provides students with an opportunity to network and train with other communities across the state.
Today, students in thecourse are discussing effective management and instructional techniques to provide quality instruction to students.  Discussions have been ongoing regarding:
  • how to meet the needs of all types of agencies
  • pitfalls that instructors have encountered during instruction
  • better ways to mitigate confusion when delivering course materials.  
Students have also discussed the processes involved with the Planning 'P' process and key components to include in the classes they will offer. 
Submitted by Laura McConnell, Course Participant