RE: [EC_EmComm] EmComm members as first responders and the ICS-100 online course
MessageI have enrolled in the course.73,KA2HJHLarry-----Original Message-----I am suggesting that each member of EmComm (ARES and RACES) take the
From: EC_EmComm@yahoogroups.com [mailto:EC_EmComm@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Robert Crifasi
Sent: Monday, December 26, 2005 10:23 AM
Subject: [EC_EmComm] EmComm members as first responders and the ICS-100 online course
ICS-100 course on-line.
This course is intended for all first responders. Your first
reaction to this maybe "but we are Hams not first responders". On
the surface that is correct and we should never assume we can or
should take the same level of authority as police of firemen.
However many of you may also be CERT, Red Cross or members of
similar organizations. Even as members of ARES and certainly members
of RACES (an extension of OEM) you will be working in close
association with those that are considered formal first responders.
In this capacity you will find you will qualify as a first responder
under the broader use of the term as defined below. This course is
an opportunity to learn the terms and concepts in use during a
disaster. These concepts are used from daily emergencies through
Now is the time to begin not when a disaster occurs.
The URL address above will take you there. Cut and paste it directly
into the address field of your browser. If you need help try the
resources offered on the web site first, but please let me know if I
you need further assistance.
From the National Incident Management System page of the NJ NIMS web
Definitions of First Responder
The definitions of "First Responder" in HSPD-8 and the Homeland
Security Act are much broader than fire, emergency medical, law
enforcement and emergency management:
The term "first responder" refers to those individuals who in the
early stages of an incident are responsible for the protection and
preservation of life, property, evidence, and the environment,
including emergency response providers as defined in section 2 of
the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 101), as well as
emergency management, public health, clinical care, public works,
and other skilled support personnel (such as equipment operators)
that provide immediate support services during prevention, response,
and recovery operations. (HSPD-8)
6) The term "emergency response providers" includes Federal, State,
and local emergency public safety, law enforcement, emergency
response, emergency medical (including hospital emergency
facilities), and related personnel, agencies, and authorities.
(Homeland Security Act - 6 U.S.C. 101)