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Emergency Management (EM)

Organizations, at the state, local and tribal level, that coordinate preparation, recognition, response, and recovery for Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) incidents. This category includes: state and local Emergency Management Agencies (EMA), Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), professional associations (e.g., American Society of Civil Engineers, American Institute of Architects, etc.), human service agencies, and private agencies supporting EMA activities.

Emergency Management Courses:

Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

Individuals who, on a full-time, part-time, or voluntary basis, serve as first responders, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) (basic), and paramedics (advanced) on ground-based and aeromedical services to provide pre-hospital care. This category includes: EMT (basic), Paramedic (advanced), and First Responders.

Emergency Medical Services Courses:

Fire Service (FS)

Individuals who, on a full-time, part-time, or voluntary basis, provide life-safety services, including fire suppression, rescue, arson investigation, public education, and prevention. This category includes: Firefighters, Company Officers, Fire Marshal's Office, Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Teams, Technical Rescue Teams.

Fire Service Courses:

Governmental Administrative (GA)

Elected and appointed officials responsible for public administration of community health and welfare during an incident. This category includes: Mayors, Elected Officials, and Executives, Chief Administrative Officers (City Managers and Supporting Staff).

Governmental Administrative Courses:

Hazardous Materials (HZ)

Individuals, who, on a full-time, part-time, or voluntary basis, identify, characterize, provide risk assessment, and mitigate/control the release of a hazardous substance or potentially hazardous substance. This category includes: Technicians, Specialists, Metropolitan Medical Response System (MMRS), Environmental Quality Control, Private Companies and Contractors Supporting Hazardous Materials Activities.

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Healthcare (HC)

Individuals who provide clinical, forensic, and administrative skills in hospitals, physician offices, and clinics including surveillance (passive and active), diagnosis, laboratory evaluation, treatment, mental health support, epidemiology investigation, evidence collection, along with fatality management for humans and animals. This category includes: Hospital Administrators/Executives, Physicians, Dentists, Nurses, Physician Extenders (Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners), Veterinarians, Pharmacists, and Technicians, Medical Examiners/Coroners, Therapists, Epidemiologists, Facility Management, Security, Environmental Investigators, and Medical Records.

Healthcare Courses:

Law Enforcement (LE)

Individuals who, on a full-time, part-time, or voluntary basis, work for agencies at the local, municipal, and state levels with responsibilities as sworn law enforcement officers. This category includes: Patrol Officers, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Teams, Bomb Technicians, Evidence Technicians, Supervision/Management/Incident Command, Investigations as well as corrections officers when employed with law enforcement or sheriff’s department.

Law Enforcement Courses:

Public Health (PH)

Individuals whose responsibilities include the prevention of epidemics and spread of disease, protection from environmental hazards, the promotion of healthy behavior, responding to disasters and assistance in recovery, as well as assuring the quality and accessibility of health services. This category includes: Epidemiologists, Environmental Engineers, Environmental Scientists, Occupational Safety and Health Specialists, Health Educators, Public Health Policy Analysts, Community Social Workers, Psychologists and Mental Health Providers, and Counselors.

Public Health Courses:

Public Safety Communications (PSC)

Individuals who, on a full-time, part-time, or voluntary basis, through technology, serve as a conduit and put persons reporting an incident in touch with response personnel and emergency management, to identify an incident occurrence and help to support the resolution of life-safety, criminal, environmental, and facilities problems associated with the event. This category includes: Call Takers, Shift Supervisors, and Medical Control Centers, Dispatchers (Emergency Medical Services [EMS], law enforcement, and fire.

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Public Works (PW)

Organizations and individuals who make up the public/private infrastructure for the construction and management of critical infrastructure while minimizing health and safety risks. The categories/roles include administration, technical, supervision, and craft (basic and advanced). This category includes: Environmental Services (Water Quality); Solid Waste; Animal Services; Water Treatment; Public Buildings and Parks; Telecommunications; Electric Districts; and Digital Cable, Engineering, and Equipment Services.

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Organizations and individuals who are responsible for the health and safety of the agricultural and food supply and responsible for preparing for and responding to an agricultural or food incident. Examples include veterinarians, county extension agents, veterinarian technicians, department of agriculture officials, as well as animal and plant inspection personnel.

Agriculture Courses:


Individuals who deliver programs or courses designed to increase cognition or understanding of a subject as opposed to training which is provided to increase proficiency of a stated task.

Education Courses:

Citizen/Community volunteer

Individuals or teams that are trained to serve their respective communities during emergency situations in support of local professional first responders. This category includes: Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT); Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS); Medical Reserve Corps (MRC).

Citizen/Community volunteer Courses:

Information Technology

Individuals who manage the development, maintenance, and use of computer systems, software and networks for the processing and distribution of data.

Information Technology Courses:

Security and Safety

Individuals who monitor and reduce the risk of human induced events that adversely affect people or property to some acceptable level. This category includes: Security guards; Safety Managers.

Security and Safety Courses:

Search and Rescue

Individuals or teams who are responsible for locating and recovering disaster survivors and the application of first aid and basic medical assistance as may be required.

Search and Rescue Courses:


Organizations and individuals who are involved with the operation and management of the Nation’s transportation systems (all modes) to include: engineering, fleet operations, mass transit and environmental services as well as security. Examples include train conductors, railroad engineers, shipping clerks, terminal operations managers, terminal dispatchers, terminal operators and managers, harbor and river pilots, longshoreman, harbor police, marine engineers, captains and crews of vessels, aircraft flight crew, and airport management and security personnel.

Transportation Courses:


Organizations or individuals who perform first response duties that are not included above.

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