County hosts Alberta’s first emergency training academy

October 27, 2017

County hosts Alberta’s first emergency training academy

As part of its emergency preparedness planning, Strathcona County is hosting Alberta’s first Incident Management Team Academy. This training will further assist regional emergency managers and practitioners in preparing, responding and recovering from disasters affecting their community.

The Incident Management Team Academy provides the basis for building Incident Management Teams (IMTs) throughout the region. An IMT is a group of Incident Command System (ICS) trained personnel that can be deployed to fill lead positions during an emergency.  The Academy aims to further strengthen the province’s emergency management network.

Running from October 30 to November 3, 2017 in Sherwood Park, the Academy offers position-specific courses (planning, logistics, finance section chiefs, situation unit chief and resource unit leader) with an exam and scenario-based exercise to finish off the week. Successful students will receive an ICS-Canada certificate. Academy instructors are from Canada and the United States.

Thanks to grant funding from the Alberta Emergency Management Agency, the majority of courses are taught by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) instructors, with experience in the recent California wildfires, Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Students include staff from municipalities in the Capital Region, the Province of Alberta and the oil and gas sector. Graduates from this Academy may be called to join an Incident Management Team, when required.

Set in the centre of Alberta’s energy and agricultural heartland, Strathcona County is a thriving, successful and vibrant community of over 98,000 residents. Strathcona County is made up of the urban area of Sherwood Park and a large adjacent rural area of farms, acreages and smaller hamlets. It is home to 75 per cent of refining in Western Canada. With a focus on economic, governance, social, cultural and environmental sustainability, Strathcona County is committed to balancing the unique needs of its diverse community.

 

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Contact: Strathcona County Emergency Services emergencyinfo@strathcona.ca