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    Advanced NIMS training

    I have be encouraged & offered support to attend an advanced NIMS class -

    It would be 4 days for the The Planning Sector Chief.

    Anybody have any thoughts about it ?
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    I've attended NIMS courses more than once and I've never gotten all that much out of them, certainly not much in the way of material that I can apply to my everyday work. What's the agenda for the 4 day course?

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    My police Chief says that you can get the training free, including travel and meals at the Training center in Alabama. He is encouraging me to do it.
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    I have already went through 100, 200, 300, 400, 700, 800 classes.

    This class would be more in-depth to the role and functions of the Planning Sector This class is a prequiste to being assigned/called up for a state/regional IMT (incident management team).
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    I had never heard of NIMS until about a week ago when I came across a job posting that requires NIMS certification within the first few months of employment.

    I'm usually not one to worry about passage of silly certifications or exams but since this thread was started I thought I may as well ask how much is entailed in the certification for NIMS? Is it a difficult process?
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    Quote Originally posted by WSU MUP Student View post
    how much is entailed in the certification for NIMS? Is it a difficult process?
    You can do 100a, 200, 700a, 800b online at: http://training.fema.gov/IS/NIMS.asp
    300 & 400 usually take 2 weekends in a classroom setting.
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    JNA, I know our backgrounds are similar. I have 100, 200, 700, and 800 and working on finding a 300 class locally to fit in.

    I am finding more and more that emergency management is working its way into the "urban" planning realm, especially at the federal level. Of course post 9/11 and Katrina resilience and emergency planning is at the forefront of major cities' importance.

    I say go, it can only help your resume and role in your community. I don't think you do, but if you were in the South or "Hurricane Alley" your skills would be helpful in preparing evacuation, contingency, and action plans for hurricane disasters as well as running the emergency operations center.

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    I just finished 300 and it was 2 and 1/2 days of pure boredom. According to our town clerk all senior management officials had to take 100, 200, 300, 700, 800 to qualify for federal grants. Some have to take 400 as well.

    Unless you like that type of stuff or are required to take I would avoid it like the plague.
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    Quote Originally posted by Brocktoon View post
    I just finished 300 and it was 2 and 1/2 days of pure boredom. According to our town clerk all senior management officials had to take 100, 200, 300, 700, 800 to qualify for federal grants. Some have to take 400 as well.

    Unless you like that type of stuff or are required to take I would avoid it like the plague.
    I'm no longer required to be compliant, but yes oh yes I remember the borrrrrrrrrrrrrrredommmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm....

    Nonetheless, I take it the "encouraged & offered support" is a directive, and as long as someone else is footing the bill, the house gets taken care of and family entertained, might as well bite that resume bullet.

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    Quote Originally posted by MacheteJames View post
    I've attended NIMS courses more than once and I've never gotten all that much out of them, certainly not much in the way of material that I can apply to my everyday work.
    take good notes and get a binder, because you likely won't retain much to be useful in the event anything actually happens.

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    Quote Originally posted by ColoGI View post
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    take good notes and get a binder, because you likely won't retain much to be useful in the event anything actually happens.
    You are better off having a strong emergency action plan.
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    Quote Originally posted by Brocktoon View post
    You are better off having a strong emergency action plan.
    Of course. My point being the induced stupor as a result of attendance requires good notes.

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