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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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Sign Up for Cybersecurity Courses

Cyber attacks pose significant threats to the safety and security of organizations and counties, so regardless of technical background, emergency managers are strongly encouraged to register for several cybersecurity courses scheduled in Indiana in 2024.

"The complexity of cybersecurity and compliance is only increasing as sophisticated threats surface globally. Thorough cybersecurity, spearheaded by management, can build more resilient and adaptable infrastructure for businesses, and offer flexible answers to these issues," said IDHS Cybersecurity, Risk Assessment and Compliance Planner Joshua Kiilu. "From a planning and risk assessment perspective, I encourage anyone in the emergency management field to enroll in these upcoming cybersecurity classes. Cybersecurity awareness is for everybody."

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