Friday, August 12, 2011

S-341 - GIS Specialist for Incident Management Course Dates Announced

The S-341 - GIS Specialist for Incident Management Course, run by the National Widlfire Coordinating Group will be given at three different times at three different venues in 2012:
  • Phoenix, AZ: February 21-23, 2012
  • Redmond, OR: April 10-12, 2012
  • Asheville, NC: May 15-17, 2012 (IQCS session #027)
The course is described as: "The GIS Specialist course is designed to meet the training needs of a Geographic Information Systems Specialist (GISS) to manage the information needs of all-risk incidents managed with the Incident Command System (ICS). The course combines lecture, discussion, and group exercises in on-line and classroom environments. The use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is one of the most efficient methods for documenting, analyzing, and managing information regarding the location of facilities, conditions, and environments affected by Wildfire, Storms, Floods, Earthquakes, and other incidents. Candidates from all agencies involved in all-risk incident management are encouraged to attend."

To learn more, including application procedures, go here.  Nomination deadline line is November 1, 2011.

Comment:  The wildfire community long ago came to understand that GIS was absolutely critical to managing a fast moving, mutating disaster.  Consequently, the geospatial capacity within this sector of the Department of the Interior is well advanced and serves as a benchmark for where the Department of Homeland Security must move for both field operations and the development of systems like a national Common Operating Picture.  

The wildfire community also conducts the following other classes on geospatial technologies for emergency response:

N9005 - GIS Technician - All Risk  (No description available)

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