Removing Barriers to Incident Command System Training

Incident commander vest Vanguard EMC is proud to introduce our new, free online course “Orientation to the Incident Command System” (ICS 100). How does it work? Simply take the course and follow through to the 20-question exam. Students who achieve over 80% on the online exam will be sent a digital certificate.

This course is available free of charge and at any time. It is self-directed and interactive with periodic knowledge checks to help learners reinforce their knowledge. It is designed to leave someone who has no previous knowledge of ICS with a ‘big picture’ overview of how and why ICS works. Time to completion will vary but should be a couple hours to a half-day for most participants.

Why should I learn about ICS?

ICS is the standard for managing the incidents requiring multiple agencies across North America. Its effectiveness in practice, like that of email or a fax machine, is tied to how many people have adopted it into use. Promoting the adoption of ICS among Canadians is an objective of Vanguard EMC.

In Canada, ICS was first adopted as a way to coordinate efforts among many organizations in fighting forest fires on the West Coast. Since then, it has grown to encompass all first response organizations, including paramedics, police and firefighters. It is quickly becoming the norm for proactive private companies and government departments to use ICS in their emergency planning. Operations Chief vest

Vanguard EMC and ICS

Vanguard EMC’s objectives in providing free training are threefold. First, we aim to raise awareness and understanding of the Incident Command System in Canada among professionals who do not work in emergency management. Second, we want to lower barriers to ICS implementation for organizations. The online option will give planners the ability to quickly introduce many in their workforce to the concepts of ICS. Third, we hope to provide a sample of Vanguard EMC’s expertise to a broader audience and encourage you to enrol in our more advanced training.

Professionals who want to know more about ICS are welcome to register for our ICS 200, 300 and 400 level courses or a related course in emergency management, listed here. In addition to training, Vanguard EMC offers auditing and consulting services in emergency management and business continuity.

 

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The Multi Purpose Emergency Tool at DRIE Ottawa Conference

 

Thank-you to everyone who provided us with new idea’s for our multi purpose tool at DRIE Ottawa June 2014. Vanguard EMC Inc recommends including equipment within your emergency operations centre or recovery kit(s) that can be used for a variety of purposes.  This will often make your kit smaller, lighter and easier to store.  As part of our promotional items, Vanguard gives away a free multipurpose item. These six ideas were suggested to us today:

  • Rain Gauge: Place outside on the ground to collect rain.
  • Gopher hole cover: To keep the critters in.
  • Wheel for my little red wagon?
  • Automotive oil catcher: Drip, drip, drip…
  • Bright Bird Bath:
  • Flower pot dish:
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If you think of more uses for this item, please let us know below. To obtain your free multipurpose tool speak with us at the DRIE Ottawa annual conference in June or at any of the quarterly meetings.

The Many Uses of the Vanguard EMC Inc. Multi Purpose Emergency Tool

 

Vanguard EMC Inc recommends including equipment within your emergency operations centre or recovery kit(s) that can be used for a variety of purposes.  This will often make your kit smaller, lighter and easier to store.  As part of our promotional items, Vanguard gives away a free multipurpose item that can be used as a:

 

  • Plate
  • Water Dish: Place outside on the ground to collect rain.
  • Umbrella: Place inverted over head to protect from torrential downpours.
  • Communication accelerator: Print message, tape to disk and throw to intended recipient.
  • Communication deterrent: Aim at nose of speaker and throw hard.
  • Stress Alleviator: Keeps children, pets and Senior Management relaxed.
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If you think of more uses for this item, please let us know below. To obtain your free multipurpose tool speak with us at the DRIE Ottawa annual conference in June or at any of the quarterly meetings.

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