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Community Emergency Response Teams
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Following a major disaster, first responders who provide fire and medical services will not be able to meet the demand for these services. Factors as number of victims, communication failures, and road blockages will prevent people from accessing emergency services they have come to expect at a moment's notice through 911. People will have to rely on each other for help in order to meet their immediate life saving and life sustaining needs.


Location: 17300 Burgess St Detroit MI 48219
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Comment by Gordon Soderberg on June 23, 2015 at 12:46pm
Comment by Gordon Soderberg on March 25, 2015 at 9:12pm

Multiagency Coordination Systems (MACS)/Emergency Operations Center (EOC)

  • Multiagency Coordination Systems (MACS)/Emergency Operations Center (EOC): These courses present an overview of key NIMS principles relating to MACS, public information, resource management, mutual aid, and communication and information management.

    Training for MACS/EOC Personnel
    Chart showing NIMS courses for MACS/EOC personnel. On the low end, labeled as Baseline courses, are IS-700 and ICS-100. In the middle, labeled Additional NIMS Training, is IS-800. Toward the top, also labeled Additional NIMS Training, are G-191, G-775, IS-706, and IS-701.

  • IS-701 NIMS MACS: This independent study course introduces MACS and provides examples of how these systems can be used to improve incident response.
  • IS-706 NIMS Interstate Mutual Aid, an Introduction: This independent study course provides an introduction to NIMS interstate mutual aid and assistance. Participants will learn about the purpose and benefits of mutual aid and assistance, as well as the emphasis that NIMS places on mutual aid and assistance.
  • G-191 Incident Command System/Emergency Operations Center Interface: This course reviews ICS and EOC responsibilities and functions and depends heavily on exercises and group discussions to formulate the interface. The course provides an opportunity for participants to begin developing an interface between an Incident Management Team and EOC personnel.
  • G-775 Emergency Operations Center Management and Operations: This course provides participants with the knowledge and skills to effectively manage and operate EOCs and multiagency coordination systems at the Federal, State, tribal, and local levels of government. This course describes the role, design, and functions of EOCs and their relationships as components of a multiagency coordination system.

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Comment by Gordon Soderberg on March 25, 2015 at 9:11pm

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Additional Courses

  • ICS-200 ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents: This independent study course is designed to enable personnel to operate efficiently during an incident or event within the ICS. ICS-200 provides training and resources for personnel who are likely to assume a supervisory position within the ICS.
  • IS-800 National Response Framework (NRF), an Introduction: The course introduces participants to the concepts and principles of the NRF.
  • ICS-300 Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents: ICS-300 provides training and resources for personnel who require advanced knowledge and application of the ICS. This course expands upon information covered in the ICS-100 and ICS-200 courses.
  • ICS-400 Advanced ICS: This course provides training and resources for personnel who require advanced application of ICS. This course expands upon information covered in ICS-100 through ICS-300.
  • Position-Specific Training: These courses are designed to provide State and local-level emergency responders with a robust understanding of the duties, responsibilities, and capabilities of Command and General Staff members. Exercises, simulations, discussions, and a final exam enable participants to process and apply their new knowledge. Position-specific training courses include:
    • E/L 950: NIMS ICS All-Hazards Position Specific Incident Commander
    • E/L 952: NIMS ICS All-Hazards Position Specific Public Information Officer
    • E/L 954: NIMS ICS All-Hazards Position Specific Safety Officer
    • E/L 956: NIMS ICS All-Hazards Position Specific Liaison Officer
    • E/L 958: All-Hazards Position Specific Operations Section Chief
    • E/L 960: NIMS ICS All-Hazards Position Specific Division/Group Supervisor
    • E/L 962: All-Hazards Position Specific Planning Section Chief
    • E/L 964: All-Hazards Position Specific Situation Unit Leader
    • E/L 965: All-Hazards Position Specific Resources Unit Leader
    • E/L 967: All-Hazards Position Specific Logistics Section Chief
    • E/L 969: All-Hazards Position Specific Communications Unit Leader
    • E/L 970: All-Hazards Position Specific Supply Unit Leader
    • E/L 971: All-Hazards Position Specific Facilities Unit Leader
    • E/L 973: All-Hazards Position Specific Finance/Admin. Section Chief
    • E/L 975: All-Hazards Position Specific Finance/Admin. Unit Leader Course

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Comment by Gordon Soderberg on March 25, 2015 at 9:10pm

Training Program

As illustrated below, the National Incident Management System (NIMS) Training Program identifies those courses critical to train personnel capable of implementing all functions of emergency management. This program establishes the NIMS core curriculum to ensure it adequately trains emergency and incident response personnel to all concepts and principles of each NIMS component. Click on this link to access the NIMS Training Program document.

Chart showing NIMS courses arranged according to incident complexity, which ranges from Low (Type 5) to High (Type 1). On the low end, labeled as Baseline courses, are IS-700 and ICS-100. In the middle range is ICS-200. Toward the top, labeled Additional Training (Advanced), are IS-800, ICS-300, and ICS-400. An empty column is labeled Position-Specific.

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Baseline Courses

  • IS-700 NIMS, an Introduction: This independent study course introduces the NIMS concept. NIMS provides a consistent nationwide template to enable all government, private-sector, and nongovernmental organizations to work together during domestic incidents.
  • ICS-100 Introduction to the Incident Command System: This independent study course introduces ICS and provides the foundation for higher level ICS training. It describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the system. This course also explains the relationship between ICS and NIMS.
Comment by Gordon Soderberg on February 11, 2015 at 9:54pm

The problems many cities across the country face are the same, the cost of commercial and residential blight removal, lack of of a trained work force and under employment of youth and veterans.

The solution is to partner veterans job training and reintegration programs with young adults mentor programs to economically attack the blight in their communities.

Develop Blight Buster Corps by expanding effective community volunteer blight removal projects with a trained management force of veterans to foster good work ethics as mentors for young adults in the maintenance and operation of the tools and equipment necessary to accomplish the missions of blight removal.

Proposed pilot project partners:

Nationally recruit veterans for training in transportation and operation of heavy equipment and maintenance, logistical management with FEMA & OSHA certifications.

United Peace Relief, INC Combined 30 years of scaling volunteer training programs, logistics, work site management & safety for volunteer disaster response and rebuilding efforts. (Program development, mavnaging community goals, resources and partnerships)

Motor City Blight Busters of Detroit, INC, 27 years of volunteer recruitment and development of effective community service projects for youth and young adults in Detroit, MI.

Superheros are not born, they are made by the forces that encourage support of the most vulnerable .

Veterans are often called hero and thanked for their service but return feeling confused or depressed by it.

By giving veterans a chance to continue their service at home helping younger adults rebuild after natural or man made disasters provides the veterans with positive experiences that requires their expertise in an otherwise depressing situation, while giving the youth mentors to follow into adulthood.

How can this be done?

Teams of veterans trained and certified in heavy equipment operations, maintenance, FEMA disaster response, with HAZMAT and OHSA construction site safety can manage young adults from the community to deconstruct abandoned and burned one and two story homes.

Current state of  block neighborhood associations, community youth and adult service groups?

While Detroit has one of the largest footprints of any city in the US the community has bee splintered by amount of homes left abandoned or burned  Fast numbers of blocks separate one population from another leaving communities members isolated and organizations stretched thin to provide opportunities for improvement.

Catalyst of Change.

Where some have tried and failed, some have tried and failed, tried and failed ,again and again until they figured out how to sustain their efforts and the communities they serve.  This is true of Motor City Blight Busters of Detroit.  For 27 years they have been addressing blight head on with a never give up attitude even after losing property and financial support over the last 6 years which speaks volumes about their commitment to the community and each other.

Goals beyond the blight?

Once the abandoned and burned out buildings along with the financial and physical security risks they produce are removed opportunities return by definition.

But to look at the blight as a obstacle to opportunity is to miss the most important opportunities of all. The chance for groups and individuals in the community to make a difference and achieve their personal, professional cultural goals.

Combining national recruitment, training and deployment with a boot camp for program planing that fosters teams of responders within each community, city county, state region makes the most sense to go from pilot to national programs.

Comment by Gordon Soderberg on November 7, 2014 at 6:51pm
Comment by Gordon Soderberg on July 20, 2014 at 2:41pm
The Disaster Site Worker Outreach Training Program skilled support services, (e.g. utility, demolition, debris removal, or heavy equipment operation) or site clean-up services in response to natural and man-made disasters. Specifically, it is recognized that all workers at disaster sites need to be aware of the differences between disaster sites and regular construction or demolition worksites and be able to inspect, don, and doff air-purifying respirators. Also, the program will make management and labor aware that pre-incident training is essential for ensuring disaster site worker safety and health.

Through the program, individuals who complete a four day OSHA trainer course are authorized to teach the Disaster Site Worker Course #7600. Authorized trainers can receive OSHA course completion cards for their students.

OSHA Authorizing Training Organizations

Detroit Training Center


This two day OSHA 10 course is essential to workers in every trade within the construction industry. The course is intended to introduce students to the basic practices of identifying, reducing, eliminating and reporting hazards associated with their work. This course provides training for students on the recognition, avoidance, abatement, and prevention of safety and health hazards in the construction industry. In depth lecture covers fall protection, ladder and scaffold safety, general electrical safety, and general construction safety.


This in depth class is intended for construction workers who need more comprehensive safety training beyond that of the OSHA 10. The curriculum provides complete information on OSHA compliance issues and is essential training for field supervisors, foreman, and safety directors. Topics include the OSHA Act, Health Hazards, Focus Four, Record keeping Material Handling, Proper Tool Use, Stairway and Ladder Safety, Personal Protective Equipment, and Electrical Safety. Training emphasizes hazard identification, avoidance, control and prevention, not just OSHA standards.

Detroit Training Center

Here at the Detroit Training Center, we are focused on providing our students with quality training that prepares them for a competitive job market.

We’re also focused on placing students into jobs when they finish our training courses.  92% of students seeking jobs after course completion have received employment.  DTC has an ever-expanding list of partners in a variety of industries looking to hire students who have demonstrated a high level of achievement within our training programs.  We work hard to train students in order to make them available to employers.


This one day EPA RRP course is essential to workers in every trade within the construction industry. Did you know that you need the EPA RRP license if you are disturbing more than 6 square feet of lead based paint on the inside of a home or other facility occupied by children, or more than 20 square feet on the exterior? This training course will keep you compliant with the latest EPA Lead paint requirements and regulations. Licenses are good for 5 years and firms can get certified too.


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