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1220 W College St, Murfreesboro, TN 37129 • Phone: (615) 898-7764 • Fax:( 615) 898-7840


Rutherford County Emergency Management provides training for a wide range of public service departments and agencies including Fire, Police, and Rescue services. The courses include a number of locally produced criteria and also include Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, and Department of Homeland Security training. Along with training, the EMA also conducts regular Table- top, Functional, and Full-scale training. You may check the training current training schedule by clicking the Training Icon on the Home Page.

Training includes but is not limited to:

Emergency Response to Terrorism Awareness- 8 Hrs

Emergency Response to Terrorism - 16 hrs

Radiological Monitoring & Response- 8 hrs

Emergency Response to Radiological Incidents (MERRTT) - 8 or 16 hrs

Foreign Animal Disease Response (FAD) - 16 hrs

Hazardous Matrials Awareness - 4 hrs

Hazardous Materials Operations (HMO) 40 hrs

Hazardous Materials Team Operations (HMTO) 80 hrs

Introduction to Incident Command - 100 4 hrs

Incident Command System 300 Middle Management & General Staff - 16 hrs

Incident Command System 400 Command & General Staff - 16 hrs

National Incident Management System 700 - 3 hrs

National Response Plan 800 - 4 hrs

NFA Incident Command System - 16 hrs

Ground Search and Rescue Operations - 24 hrs

Hospital First Receiver Decontamination - 12 hrs

Current Training Schedule

Please contact Rutherford County Emergency Management Agency for training applications. LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Each class must have a minimum of 15 students, if this number is not met the class will be canceled and notifications will be sent out. Unless otherwise noted each class will be held at the Rutherford County Emergency Management Agency training room and will last typically from 0800-1630 hrs.

Modular Emergency Response Radiological Transportation Training and Rad Monitoring

WHEN: February 3 2016

TIME 08:00 to 5PM

WHERE: Rutherford County Emergency Management

This 8 hour course gives and public safety responders the basic understanding of radiological response and monitoring of hazards relating to incidents involving radiation. This is a pre-requisite requirement for Hazardous Materials Operations level training.

PREREQUISITES: FEMA- IS 3 https://emilms.fema.gov/IS3/FEMA_IS/is03/index.htm




WHEN: February 11 and 12

TIME: 8:am to 5pm each day

WHERE: Rutherford County Emergency Management

Intermediate Incident Command System (ICS) for Expanding Incidents,

Description: This 2 day course provides training for personnel who require advanced knowledge and application of ICS in expanding events. This course describes how the NIMS Command/and Management component supports the management of expanding incidents; the incident/event management process for supervisors and expanding incidents as prescribed by ICS. This course is required for all mid-level puclic safety personnel who would serve in the capacity of Command or General staff, as well as strike team, task force, an unit leaders, division/group supervisors, branch directors and operations center staff. This also qualifies as 16 hour ICS pre-requisite for entry into Hazmat Tech certification training.

Prerequisites: IS-700, IS-800, IS-100, IS-200




Date: March 22 2016

Location: Ruterford County EOC

Time: 08:00 - 17:00

This 1-day course provides the skills needed to establish and operate in a joint information system & joint information center environment during an emergency. Students will explore how incidents of expanding complexity necessitate interactions with multiple agencies, departments and jurisdictions and how to incorporate those into the incident management activities at the command and coordination levels. In a multi-agency response, several public information officers may be required to interact and manage personnel and information during the event by handling additional coordination and planning roles.

Prerequisites: Basic PIO (G-290), IS 100,200,700,800



Hazardous Materials TEAM OPERATIONS (HMTO)

When: April 18 though 29 2016 (Weekdays only)

Time: 8am 5pm each day.

Location: Rutherford County Emergency Management

This 80-hour course students are trained to operate in an offensive mode when responding to a hazardous materials incident.  It is also designed to prepare team members to operate safely and as a unit in dealing with Hazardous Materials incidents. Emphasis is on teamwork and the use and limitations of existing team equipment. Content includes personal protection, safety procedures, basic physical and chemical properties, container characteristics, basic tactics and guidelines for team policies, procedures and operations. Module quizzes are utilized to evaluate class progress.  Field trips and hands-on competency drills are conducted to reinforce classroom activities.  There is a final test and the course concludes with an evaluated written and practical (hands-on) exam, with a full-scale team exercise.  An average score of 80 must be maintained to successfully complete the course. 

Prerequisites: TEMA HazMat Awareness, TEMA Haz Mat Operations or the two courses conducted by Tennessee Fire and Codes Academy listed below, IS 700, IS 800, IS 100, IS 200 (FEMA On-line courses), 16 hr classroom ICS course (ICS 300 or equivalent), IS-3 (RAD) and TEMA Radiological Monitoring (8hr) or the MERRTT 16 hr. cours.

Reciprocity: Either one of the following Tennessee Fire and Codes Academy’s (TFACA) hazardous materials courses are considered equivalent to the TEMA Hazardous Materials for Operational Level Response course: Recruit/Firefighter I – F100  (400 hrs) course (NFPA 2008) and Hazardous Materials Operations Level Hands-on-FF171 (32 hrs) course (NFPA 2008).

Target Audience: Only full time firefighters and active Hazmat Operations Level Team Members.

Call for applications! Application Cutoff Date- COB MARCH 13 2016


Public Safety WMD Response - Sampling Techniques and Guidelines (PER-222)

WHEN: MAY 3 through May 5 2016,

WHERE: Rutherford County EMA - EOC

TIMES: 8am to 5pm each day.

This course addresses specific fundamentals and skills associated with an emergency response to a WMD incident. As such, it provides detailed technical information and includes hands-on practice of actions required of emergency responders in such situations.

Participants are provided the opportunity to perform public safety hazardous materials sampling techniques required in the response to a WMD event. The course’s emphasis is on collecting forensically valid samples, which is accomplished through maintaining a secure chain-of-custody for the sample from the time of collection through laboratory analysis. This process is consistent with the FBI 12-step process for managing a crime scene, including those involving a WMD.?

REQUIREMENTS: Must be a currently credentialed Hazmat Technician. You MUST have a FEMA SID# to attend. If you do not have a FEMA SID number you may go here to register: https://cdp.dhs.gov/FEMASID/

APPLICATION CUT OFF DATE: COB JANUARY 29 2016 !(Seating is limited.)


For questions and applications please contact RCEMA:
1220 W. College St.
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Phone: (615) 898-7764
Fax: (615) 898-7840


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