FREDERICTON (GNB) – Everyone involved in assisting with an emergency is invited by the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization to register for one of its training courses that will take place in Fredericton in the coming months.

The New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization, part of the Department of Justice and Public Safety, offers comprehensive training sessions for first responders, municipal staff and industry employees. These training sessions are presented by professional staff specialized in emergency management and public communications. They will take place at the Provincial Emergency Operation Centre in Fredericton, the focal point of provincial emergency management.

Emergency Operations Centre Course

Sept. 18-21 in French

Oct. 16-19 and Nov. 20-23 in English

This course is designed to enable first responders, municipal staff, industry employees and elected officials to operate effectively as staff members of an emergency operations centre. Over the four days, participants are introduced to basic principles of emergency operations and control, standard operating procedures, as well as the practical aspects of organizing and managing such a centre.

Emergency Public Information Course

Oct. 24-25 in French

The course was offered in English in May

This course focuses on media relations and offers communication tips in the context of a crisis. It includes an overview of the different types of crises and their characteristics, as well as media considerations specific to a crisis. This two-day course includes a mixture of theory and practice and is facilitated by a media specialist.

“Training for first responders, municipal staff and industry employees is an important component of emergency preparedness,” said Greg MacCallum, director of the Emergency Measures Organization. “We all have a responsibility to be prepared and make sure that staff members involved in emergency management have the necessary training to fulfill their important tasks in times of crisis.”

To be eligible for the courses, applicants must have already completed the self-study Basic Emergency Management course, which is structured to provide the participant with a broad base from which to carry out planning and operations for emergencies, and the Incident Command System 100 course.

The registration form and information on associated fees are available online.

The Emergency Measures Organization co-ordinates preparedness for emergencies. It also co-ordinates provincial response operations during emergencies and administers disaster financial assistance programs during recovery. It works at provincial, regional and municipal levels to ensure that communities are protected during all phases of an emergency.