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The Indiana Fire & Public Safety Academy is an education and training subdivision of the Division of Fire and Building Safety, under the Indiana State Fire Marshal and established as an institution for public safety education, training and advanced studies for Indiana's fire department personnel and volunteers; emergency medical services personnel; telecommunicators; emergency management personnel and chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives personnel in the areas of fire prevention; enforcement of fire safety laws; firefighting; emergency medical services and other areas of public safety.

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COVID-19 Webinars: Child Traumatic Stress Reactions

The National Center for Child Traumatic Stress is offering the following free webinars:

Part 1: Child and Adolescent Traumatic Stress Reactions to COVID-19-Related Deaths
January 20
Noon to 1:30 p.m. Eastern

More than 140,000 children in the U.S. have lost a parent or primary caregiver to COVID-19-related deaths. Many children may develop traumatic stress reactions that contribute to problematic grief responses. This webinar will describe aspects of COVID-19-related deaths that can contribute to children’s reactions, with an emphasis on developmental considerations and behavioral health disparities.

Part 2: Applying Evidence-Based Treatments for Child Traumatic Stress Reactions to COVID-19-Related Deaths
February 17
Noon to 1:30 p.m. Eastern

This webinar describes trauma-focused evidence-based treatments for children and teens who develop traumatic stress reactions, with specific applications to familial deaths during COVID-19 for young children, American Indian and Alaskan Native families, Black and Latino adolescents with adjunct peer support components and diverse youth provided via telehealth.

Go to the ImageTrend Reporting page to learn about how fire and EMS departments report data to the state.

Visit the Get Alarmed page to learn about fire safety or to report smoke alarm installations.

Nominate a public safety worker for recognition from the State Fire Marshal or the EMS Section.

  • Fire Training and Certifications

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    Fire Training and Certifications Staff

    The Fire Training and Certifications staff establishes inspection training requirements for members of volunteer fire companies and certifies individuals who meet those requirements..

    More about fire training and certifications

  • EMS Training and Certifications

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    EMS District Managers

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

    More about EMS training

  • Emergency Management Training

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    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.

    More about 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.

    More about 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.

    More about 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.