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MEMA Training

Information on current courses offered by MEMA.

Here you can find information on current courses offered through the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA). All trainings are free for eligible students. Class sizes are usually limited, so enroll early to ensure a place.

Course Listing


This one-day course introduces the Incident Command System (ICS) and provides the foundation for higher level ICS training.


This two-day basic level course will familiarize participants with the principles of ICS.


This three-day course is designed for supervisory and management-level personnel who may be involved in major support for incident management.


This two-day course examines the role and responsibilities of the command and general staff positions.

G-402 Incident Command System Overview for Executives and Senior Officials

This course provides a two-hour summary of the four ICS courses (100,200,300,400) for elected and/or appointed officials who do not need to attend these courses, but should know why their subordinates in the 10 response disciplines must attend them. This overview is usually followed by a 30-60minute question and answer session. A certificate of attendance is usually issued, but there is no exam. This course works best when the person requesting the course (often the Emergency Management Director of the agency or jurisdiction) informs the instructor what the officials need to know in advance so it can be emphasized during the course.

Massachusetts Emergency Management Director Essentials Program EMD-101 (Fundamentals and Preparedness)

This half-day course provides new and experienced Emergency Management Directors with an overview of their roles prior to, during, and after an emergency.

Massachusetts Emergency Management Director Essentials Program EMD-102 (Response, Recovery, Mitigation)

This half-day course provides new and experienced Emergency Management Directors with an overview of their roles prior to, during, and after an emergency.

Guidance on Emergency Planning for Access and Functional Needs Population

This one-day course provides participants with tools to develop a comprehensive plan that incorporates the needs of the whole community.

Hazardous Materials Awareness For First Responders

This one day course is designed for first-responders who are likely to be the first person on the scene of an emergency involving hazardous materials.: (OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120(q)(6)(I) and EPA 40 CFR 311 Compliant.)

Emergency Operation Center Management and Operations

This one-day course provides attendees with the knowledge and skills to design, operate, staff, manage, and evaluate an emergency operations center.

Basic Public Information Officer

This two-day course emphasizes the basic skills and knowledge needed for emergency public information activities.

CERT Program Manager

This course defines the core components of a local CERT program and focuses on effective practices to establish and maintain an active local CERT program.

CERT Train the Trainer

This course prepares participants to deliver FEMA’S CERT Basic Training Course.

Additional Resources for

Department of Homeland Security Training Program

MEMA’s Training and Exercise Unit coordinates training programs with the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC) and EMI. Both provide high-quality training to emergency responders throughout the United States and its territories under DHS/FEMA's Homeland Security National Training Program Cooperative Agreement. To learn more about these institutions and how to obtain training, please contact the Training and Exercise Unit.