DEM / NIMS Course Descriptions

The following courses are delivered by the State of Nevada, Division of Emergency Management. These courses are regularly scheduled and can be delivered to your local jurisdiction upon request. Pre-requisite NIMS independent study courses are available on line:

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Prerequisite Independent Study Courses

All courses are presented in an “all-risk” format consistent with Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD 5), and meet current certification standards established by the National Wildfire Coordination Group (NWCG) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). These courses are NIMS compliant. Required NIMS courses are IS-100, IS-200, IS-700 and IS-800B.

These courses are available on-line: Training On-Line.  

Technical Large Animal Rescue (16 hours)

Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue (TLAER) is an infrequent emergency event that is dangerous and often is mishandled by first responders and volunteers.  This instruction is intended to create an awareness of TLAER, correct methods of rescue and the way animals react in emergency situations.  The TLAER instruction includes rescue methods-right and wrong, safety considerations, animal behavior, and methods of preventing emergencies from happening.  This is a two day class.

Nevada Wilderness Search & Rescue Technician (48 hours)

The Nevada Wilderness Search and Rescue Technician (NWSRT) course provides the training and skills proficiency demonstration leading to the issuing of a nationally recognized credential as a “Wilderness Search and Rescue Technician”. It provides knowledge concerning the general responsibilities, skills, abilities, and the equipment needed by persons who are assigned to field operations during a search and rescue (SAR) mission.  The course content includes topics in three major areas: survival/support, search and rescue. This course is based on rural and wilderness environments, but the material is recommended as a basis for all SAR environments.

The NWSRT course provides a common point in training for the new person to SAR and allows them to accumulate the required clothing and equipment needed for SAR operations in their community. The course also provides practical experience during simulated SAR operations and in many cases is an excellent refresher course for the more experienced SAR worker. This common starting point provides continuity during SAR operations and future training of all team members.

The NWSRT course is a 48 hour course that includes both classroom (32) and field sessions (16).   The attendees will be required to take a 145 question written test and a field skill evaluation upon completion of the course. This course will be Nevada POST certified.

Prerequisites: IS-100, IS-200 and IS-700

Textbook: National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR) Fundamentals of Search and Rescue


Nevada Land Search Management

The Nevada Land Search Management (NLSM) course is designed to teach the essential knowledge and skills necessary to perform as the initial response Incident Commander on a lost person incident with the primary focus on the Search element of SAR. The course prepares the student for the management responsibilities and leadership skills required during SAR missions. The course explains the tasks and procedures needed to effectively manage SAR operations from the initial response through the expansion phases of the search to the final demobilization of all resources. This is a new course and the only course which currently meets the federal standard for “Wilderness Search and Rescue Manager”.

The NLSM course explains and describes in detail the overall objectives, strategies, and tactics needed for a successful outcome of SAR missions. With further incident management training and field experience; the person with this training can perform as the Incident Commander on prolonged and more complex searches. This is a certification course and may not be audited. The course length is 40 hours, runs from 0800-1700 all five days of the course, and will require students to take a 100 question exam at the conclusion of the course. This course will be Nevada POST certified.

Prerequisites:IS-100, IS-200 and IS-700

Intermediate Incident Command System IS-300 (24 hours)

The basic concepts presented in IS-200 are expanded and discussed in detail. The single command organization is stressed and students will be exposed to resource management and the role and function of each ICS position, including air operations. Through a series of small group exercises students will be provided examples of how the essential system principles and components are used in incident planning.  

Target Audience: Emergency Management staff; Local, County and State Government Units; Fire, Law Enforcement, EMS, and Hospital providers; School Staff and Administrators; Volunteer Agencies active in disaster or exercise.

Prerequisites: IS-100 - IS-200

Advanced Incident Command System IS-400 (16 hours)

 The target audience for this course is senior personnel who are expected to perform in a management capacity in an Area Command or Multi-agency Coordination Entity. This course provides training on and resources for personnel who require advanced application of the Incident Command System (ICS). This course expands upon information covered in ICS-100 through ICS-300 courses. This course will include but not be limited to: major and/or complex incident/event management, area command, and multi-agency coordination. This course is designed to provide overall management skills rather than tactical expertise. 

Pre-Requisites: ICS-300 (Intermediate ICS) STRONGLY advised. 

Target Audience:  Persons who will serve as command or general staff in an ICS organization, select department heads with multi-agency coordination system responsibilities, area commanders, emergency managers, and multi-agency coordination system/emergency operations center managers.

 Emergency Operations Center Personnel: 
EOC Personnel are NOT required to take the Field ICS courses, nor are they required to take a minimum number of course hours.   

IS-402 For Executives (8 hours)

Executives, administrators, and policy makers are provided a basic understanding of the incident command system, unified command, and multi-agency coordination. This course is intended as a system overview for those responsible for setting or implementing policy, but who are not normally part of the on-scene ICS organization and who may also lack incident management experience at the operational level. This course is module 17 of the National Incident Management System curriculum. 

G-191 ICS EOC Interface (8 hours)

The goal of the course is to provide state and local emergency management officials with the knowledge and skills they need to operate an Emergency Operating Center (EOC) and interface it with an Incident Command System (ICS) field operation. The course provides an opportunity for participants to begin developing an ICS/EOC interface for their community. The course reviews ICS and EOC responsibilities and functions and depends heavily on exercise and group discussions to formulate the interface.
Target Audience: State and local personnel responsible for developing, staffing, managing and operating an EOC and coordinating EOC operations with a field command post.
Note: This course is part of the FEMA Advanced Practice Series (APS).  The APS curriculum provides "how to" training focused on skills needed for emergency operations and management.