Emergency Management Training
The vice president for operations is responsible for ensuring that staff under the Binghamton University Incident Command System is adequately trained. The vice president for operations has delegated the responsibility for developing and conducting appropriate training programs to the Binghamton University Emergency Management Program. The director of emergency management is responsible for the overall development and implementation of the training program.
The following are guidelines for training and preparedness:
- All members of the IMT serving in a Command or General Staff position must complete
incident command system (ICS) courses as taught by the NYS Office of Emergency Management
(OEM), NYS Office of Fire Prevention and Control (OFPC) or the Federal Emergency Management
Agency (FEMA). The following courses must be completed prior to acting in a Command
or General Staff position:
- IS-100: ICS Orientation
- IS-700: Introduction: National Incident Management System (NIMS)
- IS-800: Introduction: National Response Framework
- IS-200: ICS Basic
- IS-300: ICS Intermediate
- IS-400: ICS Advanced
- The Incident Management Team will train once per month, regardless of whether the University is in session. IMT members will be expected to attend a minimum of six training sessions per year.
- IMT staff will be encouraged to seek additional training, such as position-specific courses as offered by the NYS Wildfire and Incident Management Academy, FEMA, etc.
- Each year the Emergency Management Program will conduct three table-top exercises and one functional or full-scale exercise for the Incident Management Team. The Basic CEMP and/or one or more of its annexes will be used in at least one of the annual exercises.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) NIMS Training Plan
Binghamton University shall use its hazard/threat analyses to determine the types of likely incidents and tailor NIMS training to meet its needs. For example, if the hazard analysis determines that Binghamton University faces significant and frequent threats such as hurricanes or hazardous materials incidents, its training program should prepare responders for those threats.
The FEMA NIMS training plan identifies the level of training required by all incident responders and management personnel based on their role. Figure E-1 outlines the minimum requirements for all incident personnel.
Individuals who may be assigned supervisory roles during:
- Type 1, 2, and 3 incidents should take the following training, at a minimum:
- Appropriate ICS Position-specific courses
- Type 4 incidents should take the following training, at a minimum:
- Type 5 incidents should take the following training, at a minimum:
Figure E-1 NIMS Training Determined by Incident Complexity
Figure E-2 ICS Field Operations Training Needs
G-191 (ICS/EOC Interface)
Additionally, the implementation of the NIMS Training Program suggests that the training needs for personnel working within an EOC will differ from training required of personnel operating in the field within ICS. Individuals who will be working in EOCs should take IS-700, ICS-100, IS-800 and other NIMS courses related to emergency management responsibilities.
Use of Local Resources
When delivering training programs, Binghamton University shall use existing resources whenever possible. Local resources may include, but not be limited to, the following items:
- Partner agencies/organizations
Using local resources shall provide opportunities to develop a greater understanding of the capabilities and limitations of Binghamton University, our partner agencies, nearby facilities and all other local resources. Utilizing these resources during training opportunities will increase familiarity with those resources and provide a higher level of familiarity and competency with those resources if they are used during a critical incident.
The Emergency Management program participates in an all hazards exercise and readiness programs involving first responders and varying departments, agencies and organizations. These exercises include the following regularly held events:
Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences Disaster Drill
Held annually, this full-scale exercise simulates a multi-casualty incident, utilizing the response capabilities of local emergency medical services and law enforcement, and other volunteer organizations. The drill includes the use of a simulated hospital, operated by students enrolled in Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences, who provide simulated care to “victims” arriving at the facility. Exercise participants utilize the Incident Command System (ICS) to manage and coordinate the simulated response.
Participation in this exercise has included the following departments/agencies:
- Binghamton University Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences
- Harpur’s Ferry Student Volunteer Ambulance Service
- Superior Ambulance
- Broome Ambulance
- Binghamton University Emergency Management
- Broome County Office of Emergency Services – Emergency Medical Services
- Broome County Office of Emergency Services – Hazardous Materials Team
- Broome County Office of Emergency Services – Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
- American Red Cross - Southern Tier Chapter
- Broome County COAD
- Local nursing homes (various)
- United Health Services (Wilson Memorial Hospital, Binghamton General Hospital)
- New York State University Police
- New York State Police
- New York State Office of Emergency Management
Harpur's Ferry Student Volunteer Ambulance Service Drill
Biennially, Harpur's Ferry Student Volunteer Ambulance Service holds a full-scale exercise, simulating a multi-casualty incident (MCI). Exercise participants utilize NIMS and the Incident Command System to effectively manage the simulated emergency. The exercise draws upon the response capabilities of campus emergency medical services and law enforcement.
Each of these drills undergoes a review process upon completion, with internal and external stakeholders analyzing various aspects of the exercise. Corrective actions are incorporated into response plans and procedures of internal stakeholders and shared with external stakeholders.