The University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute is offering a Web-based course to train firefighters in the basic principles of emergency management.
The course is meant to help build understanding between the separate services of firefighting and emergency management.
During large-scale disasters it’s critical that agencies at the local, state and federal levels work collaboratively, said Eric Evans, an MU emergency management specialist.
"The whole idea behind this course is to provide fire service personnel with a down-to-earth and easy-to-understand course on basic emergency management," Evans said.
In doing that, firefighters will develop a better understanding and acceptance of what emergency management officials do, he said.
Evans adapted the course from a classroom version he already teaches. Topics include: principles that guide emergency management; a review of the roles of the different levels of government; and an explanation of how the fire service fits into the big picture of disaster response.
The course will qualify for continuing education credits or for recommended credit from the American Council on Education. The course will be required within FRTI’s Fire Officer Certificate program and also is recognized by Columbia College as applicable toward the college’s associate’s degree in fire science administration.
"We invite anyone interested in learning the basic principles that underpin the discipline of emergency management, but this course was written with the fire service in mind," Evans said. "The convenience of an online course allows firefighters the flexibility to work on it at the station or at home."
The course went online in February and can be accessed through MU’s Center for Distance and Independent Study.