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COML and COMT Training Opportunities – Spring 2018

Posted by on Apr 2, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

NERAC is pleased to announce the following COML and COMT training opportunities: COML: E969 NIMS ICS All-Hazards Communications Unit Leader (COML) training course May 1st – 3rd, 2018 Wayland Public Safety Building 38 Cochituate Road, Wayland, MA 01778 Register HERE by Thursday, April 26th COMT: Communications Unit Technician (COMT) training course June 4th – 8th, 2018 Wayland Public Safety Building 38 Cochituate Road, Wayland, MA 01778 Register HERE by Thursday, May 3rd   NERAC will be providing backfill and overtime support for both courses. Spots will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Please direct all questions to Austin Murray at amurray@mapc.org or via phone at (617)933-0755.   COURSE DESCRIPTIONS COML: This offering is a three day course, designed for all local, regional, tribal, and state/territory emergency response professionals and for support personnel with a communications background. It is designed to familiarize these professionals with the roles and responsibilities of a Communications Unit Leader (COML) under the NIMS ICS and to provide hands-on exercises that reinforce the lecture materials. Under the NIMS ICS structure, the COML is the focal point within the Communications Unit. This course provides DHS-approved and NIMS-compliant instruction to ensure that every state/territory has trained personnel capable of coordinating on-scene emergency communications during a multi-jurisdictional response or planned event. All OEC instructors are approved by DHS and have had extensive experience both as emergency responders and as COMLs. The course is presented with facilitated lecture and hands-on exercises. It involves extensive interactive discussion and exercises. OEC/ICTAP instructors work through the discussions and exercises to explain in detail the processes used to achieve communication operability, interoperability, and how to incorporate additional communications solutions. Prerequisites: IS-100.b, Introduction to the Incident Command System (ICS), ICS-100; IS-200.b, Incident Command System (ICS) for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents; ICS-300, Intermediate Incident Command System (ICS) for Expanding Incidents; IS-700.a, National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction; IS-800.b, National Response Framework (NRF), An Introduction COMT: This offering delivers introductory and refresher training for the ICS Communications Technician (COMT) position.It introduces public safety professionals and support staff to various communications concepts and technologies. This include state-of-the-art interoperable communications solutions, Land Mobile Radio (LMR) communications, satellite, telephone, computer and data technologies used in incident response and planned events. This course helps participants establish the essential core competencies required for performing the duties of the COMT in an all-hazards incident. This course addresses all responsibilities appropriate to a COMT operating on a local, regional, tribal or state/territory-level All-Hazards Incident Management Team (AHIMT). The course is instructor-led training that supports learning through discussion, lecture, and active participation in multiple exercises. The course provides a realistic, hands-on approach to mastering the tasks and skills of a COMT. It is designed for local, regional, tribal and state/territory emergency response professionals and support personnel in all disciplines who have a technical communications background. This five day workshop is taught by OEC/ICTAP instructors who have both practitioner and Communications Unit experience. The course utilizes facilitated lectures, student exercises, and hands-on lab work. It also includes interactive discussions among attendees. OEC/ICTAP instructors work through the discussions, exercises and hands-on lab work to explain processes used for successful establishment and operation of the technical communications resources supporting an incident or planned event. Prerequisites: A public safety background with experience in field operations; Awareness of fundamental public...

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Emergency Vehicle Adequacy Calculator (EVAC)

Posted by on Feb 1, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Emergency Vehicle Adequacy Calculator (EVAC)

The Northeast Regional Advisory Council (NERAC) would like to announce to all member communities that an updated version of the Emergency Vehicle Adequacy Calculator (EVAC) Tool is now available online. The EVAC Tool allows emergency managers and first responders to calculate the number of vehicles required to handle various evacuation scenarios, and compare those figures to the resources available in their communities. The calculator is a useful online resource for communities working to develop or evaluate their evacuation plans.   To access the EVAC Tool: Hover the cursor over the Preparedness Resources >> tab at the top of this page, and select EVAC Calculator Tool from the drop-down menu OR, access the EVAC Tool directly at: https://nerac-evac.herokuapp.com/ To use the EVAC Tool: Input: The number of people and pets to be evacuated The mobility levels of the evacuees The distance to the shelter/destination (in hours or miles) The target completion time (in hours) The user can then adjust the following parameters: Capacities and load times for each type of vehicle Road conditions (speed limit, in mph)   When the appropriate information has been entered into each required field, select the “Submit” button on the bottom of the page to generate the final report The message “Calculation was successfully created” will display, followed by the report.     For a .pdf version of the above instructions,...

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ALERRT Active Shooter Training Announcement

Posted by on Jul 6, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

ALERRT Active Shooter Training Announcement

The Northeast Homeland Security Regional Advisory Council (NERAC) is sponsoring four  Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) courses to prepare law enforcement officers to isolate, distract, and neutralize an active shooter using a number of tactics and techniques through both classroom and field-based activities, including dynamic force-on-force scenarios.  The courses will take place from August 7th-August 17th in Carlisle and Gloucester.  Each 2-day session will be open to up to 30 officers.  For more detailed information on the dates and locations, please click here Through a partnership between the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the FBI, and Texas State University, NERAC is able to offer these courses free of cost for all attendees.  NERAC will provide backfill/overtime reimbursement at up to $35/hr. To register for any of these courses, please click here.  If you have anyquestions, please contact Tim Moore at tmoore@mapc.org or...

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NEMLEC STARS Toolkit Conference

Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

NEMLEC STARS Toolkit Conference

On Friday, March 17, at Endicott College, the Northeast Homeland Security Regional Advisory Council (NERAC) and the Northeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (NEMLEC) sponsored a school safety conference to introduce 225 stakeholders from school districts and public safety agencies throughout Essex and Middlesex Counties to the 2nd Edition of the NEMLEC School Threat Assessment and Response System (STARS) Toolkit. The STARS Toolkit provides public officials with a comprehensive resource for preparing for all types of emergencies within schools, and includes guidance on building multi-disciplinary crisis response teams, responding to bomb threats, holding effective trainings and exercises, and much more. This 2nd edition replaces the 1st edition (published in 2006) with updated information and best practices based on the lessons that have been learned across the country over the last 11 years. All conference attendees were provided with a copy of the STARS Toolkit, as well as a STARS School Emergency Operations Plan (SEOP) template that can be used to formally establish and document local emergency procedures. These resources were developed by the STARS Toolkit Committee, which consists of a group of volunteers from several police departments and school districts in the region. Copies of both the STARS Toolkit and the STARS SEOP can be found at www.STARSTOOLKIT.org.   Medford Police Chief Leo Sacco delivers opening remarks. Opening remarks at the conference were delivered by Undersecretary for Homeland Security Patrick McMurray and Assistant Undersecretary for Homeland Security Hans Olson (both from the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security), Chief Richard McLaughlin of the Belmont Police Department (NEMLEC President and NERAC Council member), and Chief Leo Sacco of the Medford Police Department (NEMLEC STARS Control Chief and NERAC Council Chair). During the day-long event, members of the STARS Toolkit Committee provided a detailed overview of the contents of the Toolkit, SEOP, and website, outlining the wide variety of situations that each may be useful in. Two very informative guest speakers, Dr. Lina Alathari (Chief of the National Threat Assessment Center for the United States Secret Service), and Michele Gay, (Executive Director of Safe and Sound Schools) also presented at this event. Dr. Alathari spoke about the challenges of identifying and addressing threats to safety in schools using case studies from across the country, and Ms. Gay explained the events and lessons learned as a result of the December 14, 2012 school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT from the perspective of a parent.   Michele Gay speaks about the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting from the perspective of a parent. “Bringing people from public safety professions such as law enforcement and the fire service together with educators, school administrators, and mental health professionals to address problems collaboratively is the primary principle that the STARS model was founded upon in 1999” said Chief Sacco, who has served as the Control Chief for STARS since the organization’s inception. “The development of this new toolkit and the diversity of the audience at this event are tremendous examples of the strong partnerships that have been formed between individuals in each of those professions over many years, and their dedication towards the common goal of improving safety in all of our schools” he added.   Members of the STARS Toolkit Committee celebrate completion of the 2nd Edition. In an evaluation survey that was conducted after the...

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Training Opportunity: All-Hazards Position Specific Training

Posted by on Apr 7, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

NERAC is sponsoring five (5) NIMS ICS All-Hazards Position Specific Training courses for all first responders from the NERAC region. Program registration costs and materials will be paid for by NERAC. Backfill and overtime reimbursement will be offered. These courses are designed by the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) and will be conducted by the Incident Management Training Consortium (IMTC). All first responders from the NERAC region are eligible to attend these courses, however priority seating will be given to individuals who would be likely to fill a leadership position in an ICS structure at a major incident. Registrants for these courses should serve in a position within their municipality (or other organization such as an IMT or other specialized response team) where they would be expected to fill a leadership role in an ICS structure during a major incident. All attendees must have completed ICS-300. The All-Hazards Position Specific Training courses will be offered on the dates below: E0956 Liaison Officer: April 26th – 27th  in Dracut E0965 Resource Unit Leader: May 16th – 19th in Haverhill E0950 Incident Commander: June 5th-9th in Marblehead E0952 Public Information Officer: June 19th – 23rd in Beverly E0971 Facilities Unit Leader: June 26th – 30th in Natick To reserve your spot, please click here to access the page containing the registration link (login...

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Training Opportunity: Law Enforcement/First Responder Tactical Casualty Care Course

Posted by on Mar 24, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

NERAC is sponsoring a Tactical Casualty Care course for law enforcement officers on April 27, 2017 in Reading, MA. Program registration costs and materials will be paid for by NERAC. All officers employed by a law enforcement agency within the NERAC region are eligible to attend. Backfill and overtime reimbursement will be offered. The LE/FR-TCC course is a hands-on training program for law enforcement officers to address the tactics and techniques needed to decrease occurrences of preventable deaths caused by trauma, as outlined by the Committee for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (C-TECC). Students will go through innovative skills stations on the topics below to learn basic medical interventions that can be used to save the life of a civilian or other first responder in a tactical environment before EMS practitioners are able to enter: Distinguishing the difference between Direct Threat, Indirect Threat, and Evacuation Zone environments and care principles/priorities. Understanding the rationale for immediate steps for hemorrhage control (including external hemorrhage control, direct pressure and wound packing, early use of tourniquets for severe hemorrhage, internal hemorrhage control by rapid evacuation, and transportation to major hospital/trauma center. Demonstrating the appropriate application of a tourniquet to the arm and leg. Describing the progressive strategy for controlling hemorrhage. Describing appropriate airway control techniques and devices. Demonstrate the correct application of a topical hemostatic dressing (combat gauze). Recognizing the tactically relevant indicators of shock. To reserve your spot, please click here to access the page containing the registration link (login...

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Training Opportunity: Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC)

Posted by on Mar 21, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

NERAC is sponsoring two Tactical Emergency Casualty Care courses for ALS and BLS Providers. These 2-day courses will be offered on the dates below. Program registration costs and materials for attendees will be paid for by NERAC. All Emergency Care Providers within the NERAC region are eligible to attend. Attendees must be employed by 911 providers in the NERAC region. The first course will take place in Hopkinton on April 3rd and 4th. The second course will take place in Marblehead on April 20th and 21st. The TECC course is a hands-on training program for EMS providers to address the tactics and techniques needed to decrease occurrences of preventable deaths caused by trauma, as outlined by the Committee for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (C-TECC). Students will go through innovative skills stations to practice the following techniques: Distinguishing the difference between Direct Threat, Indirect Threat, and Evacuation Zone environments and care principles/priorities. Providing hemorrhage control using the following techniques: tourniquet application, tourniquet de-escalation, providing direct pressure, applying pressure dressings and packing wounds, and the use of topical hemostatic dressings. Providing airway and respiratory management, including needle decompression, surgical cricothyroidotomy, and the use of other airway devices. Treating patients for hemorrhagic shock with IV fluids and/or blood products. Demonstrating multiple tactical casualty movement and extraction techniques such as drags, carries, and lifts. To access the registration form for this course, please visit this page (login...

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NEMLEC STARS Toolkit Rollout

Posted by on Feb 23, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

NEMLEC STARS Toolkit Rollout

NERAC and NEMLEC are pleased to announce an event on March 17th to introduce the 2nd Edition of the NEMLEC STARS Toolkit!  Please click here to register! Event Overview: The School Threat Assessment and Response System (STARS) Toolkit is a resource designed to assist school districts and their communities with all-hazards crisis planning and preparedness. This event will include an instructional overview of the 2nd edition of the toolkit, two special guest speakers, and an overview of a School Emergency Operations Plan template. The event is being sponsored by the Northeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (NEMLEC) and the Northeast Homeland Security Regional Advisory Council (NERAC). Target Audience: Police, fire, emergency management, and school personnel (educators, administrators, and mental health professionals) with responsibilities related to school emergency planning and response. Please register by March 3rd to reserve your spot! Please contact Emily Kaster at ekaster@mapc.org or 617-933-0762 with questions or if you require any special accommodations to attend this...

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Training Opportunity: ICS-220 and ICS-320

Posted by on Jan 26, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The Northeast Homeland Security Regional Advisory Council (NERAC) is sponsoring two team-based, scenario-driven ICS training courses designed for responders who may be expected to serve in a leadership position in an initial response organization. Participants may enroll in one or both courses. Program registration costs, materials, and lunch for attendees will be paid for by NERAC. Attendees must be employed in the NERAC region. The ICS-220 course will take place on March 21st. The ICS-320 course is three days, and will run March 22nd-24th. For more information and to download the registration form, click here (must be logged in to follow the...

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Training Opportunity: Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT)

Posted by on Jan 18, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

The Northeast Homeland Security Regional Advisory Council (NERAC) is sponsoring two training courses on Active Shooter Response for law enforcement officers that serve the NERAC region. The Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) courses prepare first responders to isolate, distract, and neutralize an active shooter, and cover a number of related tactics and techniques using both classroom and field-based activities, including dynamic force-on-force scenarios. The first course will take place on February 21st and 22nd  from 8am to 5pm. The second course will take place on February 23rd and 24th from 8am to 5pm. Through a partnership between the Bureau of Justice Assistance and Texas State University, NERAC is able to offer these courses free of cost for all attendees.  NERAC will provide backfill/overtime reimbursement at up to $35/hr. Additional ALERRT courses will be scheduled and announced later this year. For more information and to download the registration form, click here (must be logged in to follow the link)....

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