Emergency Management Training

Course registration is limited to individuals working in an emergency management function.

The Emergency Management Office develops and delivers a variety of emergency management training programs throughout Nova Scotia. These programs are aimed at ensuring municipal, provincial and federal officials have the knowledge and skills needed to effectively manage emergencies.

Training courses offered by EMO include:

Basic Emergency Management

This course provides an overview of the emergency management system in Nova Scotia: the processes and structures for mitigating, preparing for, responding to, and recovering from emergencies. Participants will discuss current federal, provincial, and municipal emergency legislation, components of an emergency plan, the relationship between emergency sites and emergency coordination centers and the role of media.

This course is now available online.
Note: Students must have successfully completed ICS 100 prior to taking this course.


Emergency Coordination Centre Management

This two-day course is designed to train participants to effectively manage and coordinate overall operations within their communities or organization, while providing the necessary support to the Incident Command Team during a multi-service response to an emergency. Course participants will apply the course concepts in simulated emergency situations. The course emphasizes a coordinated, integrated approach to emergency management. This is an advanced level course. Candidates must have successfully completed the Basic Emergency Management Course (BEM) and Incident Command System 200 (ICS 200).


Provincial Coordination Centre (PCC) Management

This advanced level two and a half day course is designed to enable personnel to operate as effective Command Team members of the NS Provincial Coordination Centre. Participants will learn about PCC guiding principles, etiquette, administrative organization, command team roles and responsibilities, policies, procedures, E-Team and other supports. Participants will apply course concepts in simulated emergency situations. Candidates must have successfully completed the Basic Emergency Management Course, Incident Command System 100 and have a role in the PCC or be an active member of the emergency management community.


Incident Command System

Introduction to ICS is intended for personnel assigned to an incident or event who have a minimum requirement for understanding ICS. This module reviews the ICS organization, basic terminology, and common responsibilities. It will provide basic information about the Incident Command System to enable you to work in a support role at an incident or event, or to support an incident from an off-site location.


Incident Command System 100

Incident Command 100 is an Introduction to ICS and is intended for personnel assigned to an incident or event who have a minimum requirement for understanding ICS. This module reviews the ICS organization, basic terminology, and common responsibilities. It will provide basic information about the Incident Command System to enable you to work in a support role at an incident or event, or to support an incident from an off-site location. ICS – 100 is an online self-study course for access to this course contact the Emergency Management Office. 902 424 5620 or EMO@gov.ns.ca


Incident Command System 200

Incident Command System, I-200 introduces how the Incident Command System (ICS) is used to manage Single Resources and the management required for initial action incidents and provides the foundation for higher level ICS training. This course builds on I-100, going into more detail of the features and principles and organizational structure of the Incident Command System. Course participants will be better prepared to function as an initial Incident Commander. At the successful completion of this course students will be able to:

demonstrate a basic knowledge of managing single resources and establishing command using the Incident Command System.

The target audience includes persons who may be first on the scene of an incident and be assigned to a supervisory position in a larger incident and ICS organization. The prerequisite for I-200 is successful completion of I-100.


Incident Command System 300

Intermediate ICS Expanding Incidents

Target audience

The target audience for this course is individuals, who may assume a supervisory role in expanding incidents or type 3 Staff positions may be activated, as well as Division /Group Supervisor and/or Unit Leader level positions. These incidents may extend into multiple operational periods.


Incident Command System 400

Advanced Incident Command System, I-400 is designed to enable personnel to operate efficiently in the advanced application of the Incident Command System (ICS). The course deals with the command and general staff functions during complex incidents, the implementation of the incident management process on a complex incident and the management and coordination process during multiple incidents. This classroom based, instructor facilitated course will require 14 hours for presentation exclusive of breaks. More time will be required if agency specific material is added. The course is interactive. It has several exercises designed to facilitate group and class discussion.


Emergency Public Information Management

The intent of this course is to provide an overview of emergency public information principles and practices in order for participants to effectively plan for and manage the many facets of Emergency Public Communication.


Incident Communications Advisor

The overall aim of the Incident Communications Advisor (COM-A NS) Course is to provide the participant with enhanced knowledge of, and confidence in managing radio communications at incidents or events of Type 3 or greater.


Weather Interpretation

The overall aim of the Weather Interpretation Course for Emergency Managers is to provide the individual with a basic knowledge of weather and environmental phenomena and related monitoring and forecast products together with skills related to the application of this knowledge.


Functional Exercise

This one-day exercise is designed to provide a realistic simulated scenario of various emergency events for various population bases. These exercises are designed to utilize the Incident Command System as it is applied in an Emergency Operation Center, as well as the processes required in operational cycles, teams will be expected to manage by objectives, based on provided situational awareness, and document all necessary information.