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Note: Not all events on the IDHS calendar are organized, hosted or sponsored by IDHS or other state agencies. Some events are included for informational purposes as events that the public or first responders may find beneficial.


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EMA Roundup 12/1/23
Monthly Bugle 10/18/23

Apply for Free IFSTA eLibrary Subscriptions

Fire departments now may apply for free IFSTA eLibrary subscriptions via Each user must have an IFSTA ResourceOne account to access these publications. ResourceOne accounts can be created via

The Indiana Fire and Public Safety Academy is funding this initiative as a benefit to all Indiana firefighters. It allows access to all IFSTA manuals free of charge for agencies, which traditionally have not been able to afford purchasing education textbooks, and is effective as of Oct. 30, 2023. Each firefighter will have an individual account with the most current editions available for viewing on both desktop and mobile devices.

Note: This service is only for Indiana firefighters and fire departments. It does not apply to career centers, universities, colleges or for-profit training institutions.

Questions regarding the IFSTA eLibrary should be directed to Shelly Elliott.

First Hub-and-Spoke Sites Break Ground

The first four sites in the Hub-and-Spoke Firefighter Training plan have held groundbreaking ceremonies for their new fire training centers that will help bridge the gap between Hoosier communities' firefighters and much-needed training. These training centers will feature state-of-the-art, three-story training towers. The first sites are in Rensselaer, Linton, Wabash and Corydon.

Gov. Eric J. Holcomb, IDHS and fire leaders kicked off the first phase of these efforts this summer following the General Assembly earmarking funds earlier in 2023. Learn more

  • Rensselaer

  • Rensselaer

  • Linton

  • Linton

  • Wabash

  • Wabash

  • Corydon

  • Corydon

Training Areas

Select an area of training below to learn more, including contact information.

  • Fire Training and Certifications

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    Academy Field Operations Staff

    The Fire and Public Safety Academy provides training and certifications to help fire and public safety personnel carry out their duties safely and effectively.

    Fire training and certifications

  • EMS Training and Certifications

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    EMS District Managers

    Specific training and protocol is required to become licensed or certified EMS personnel. The EMS Section offers various resources for finding testing locations, certifications and course information, EMS guidelines and more.

    EMS training

  • Emergency Management Training

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    Emergency Management and
    Search & Rescue Training Staff

    IDHS is responsible for providing a comprehensive emergency-management training program based on the needs of the state in these areas:

    • Mitigation: preventing or lessening the effects of a hazard
    • Preparedness: planning, training and exercising
    • Response: responding to hazards to prevent further injury or damage
    • Recovery: restoring community functions, both short- and long-term
  • Additional Public Safety Training

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    Search and Rescue Training

    Following a disaster, search and rescue professionals can offer vital assistance in recovery efforts. In order to nurture and cultivate a strong search and rescue community within Indiana, the IDHS Search and Rescue Program takes a comprehensive approach by offering training programs in K9 search, as well as rescue, search, technical rescue and search management.

    Search and rescue training

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    NIMS, ICS Training

    IDHS is the Indiana point of contact for National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Command System (ICS) training provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

    • NIMS provides a consistent nationwide template to enable all government, private-sector, and nongovernmental organizations to work together during domestic incidents.
    • ICS is a standardized approach to incident management that is used for all kinds of incidents by all types of organizations and at all levels of government. It is applicable to small and large, complex incidents and can be used for planned events in addition to emergencies.

    NIMS, ICS courses

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    Counter-Terrorism Training

    IDHS is the Indiana point of contact for counter-terrorism training provided by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Training and Exercise Division (TED) and the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC), a partnership of several nationally recognized organizations.

    Counter-terrorism programs

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    Hazmat and Radiation Training

    The hazmat training program provides participants with training and exercises designed to facilitate quality emergency response of hazardous material incidents, radiation emergencies and terrorism incidents involving weapons of mass destruction.

    Hazmat and radiation training