This past week, career Rescue Lt. Wes Hockin attended and successfully completed the All-Hazards Incident Management/Unified Command course at Texas A&M TEEX's Emergency Operations Center in College Station, Texas.
The Enhanced Incident Management / Unified Command for All Hazards course focuses on incident management skills, staff responsibilities, and related situational awareness skills using a computer-driven training simulation designed to create a challenging decision-making environment in an expanding complex incident.
The course focuses on the processes used in an Incident Command Post (ICP) and the key decision-making requirements within that response node. Command and coordination, resource management, and communications & information management are emphasized. Participants learn from the cause and effects of incident decisions while performing in an ICP and responding to a variety of simulated, notional exercises.
Lt. Hockin joined 39 other Incident Managers from across the county for this 5-day Federally-funded program. During the resident program, Wes held the positions of Situation Unit Leader, Unified Command, Medical Unit Leader, and Deputy Operations Section Chief, during fast-paced, stressful scenarios. He will use these skills as part of his everyday work here at SBES, but also in his role as a member of the Hunterdon County Technical Rescue Task Force, and the Situation Unit Leader for the NJ EMS Task Force.
The course is delivered at the National Emergency Response and Recovery Training Center/Emergency Operations Training Center (NERRTC/EOTC). The instructional team consists of coaches and mentors experienced in emergency management and incident response. The course uses a multi-disciplinary approach to accomplish the course objectives. Each participant is integrated into a unified command structure responding to a simulated incident. The course emphasizes the application of contemporary incident management systems, best practices, and procedures to the unique requirements of responding to all-hazards incidents.
The incident management structure used in the course is based on National Incident Management System (NIMS) doctrine and the Incident Command System (ICS), and is certified by the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency (DHS/FEMA) National Training and Exercise Division (NTED).
Lt. Hockin follows several other SBES members and officers who have attended this outstanding, hands-on learning experience. "It was cool to have everyone from all over the Country working together", Hockin stated after the training. "All with different backgrounds and training".
Great job Wes!
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