Training and Exercises
The Division of Emergency Management designs, develops, and implements a variety of training and exercise programs to test the capabilities of emergency responders in Montgomery County. The Division also works closely with the response community to schedule and implement the training required for all levels of emergency management certification.
For additional information on training and/or planning an exercise, contact Training and Preparedness Coordinator Heather Stem at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PEMA Certification Levels and Required Training
Emergency Management Coordinators
Appointed municipal Emergency Management Coordinators are required to obtain the Basic Certification within one (1) year of appointment and the Advanced Certification within three (3) years of appointment. The Professional level is optional but encouraged.
Deputy Coordinators and Staff
There is no requirement for Deputy Emergency Management Coordinators or staff to achieve certifications. However, they are encouraged to do so.
To learn more about the training requirements, view the 2017 PEMA Certification and Training Directive.
|County Program Orientation||(one year after Basic)||(one year after Advanced)|
|PEMA - Duties & Responsibilities||FEMA IS-3*||FEMA IS-15 or IS-366|
|PEMA - Initial Damage Reporting||FEMA IS-5||FEMA IS-130|
|FEMA IS-100||FEMA IS-241||FEMA IS-703|
|FEMA IS-200||FEMA IS-242||FEMA G-235|
|FEMA IS-230||FEMA IS-244||FEMA G-290|
|FEMA IS-235||FEMA IS-271||FEMA ICS-400|
|FEMA IS-240||FEMA IS-547|
|FEMA IS-700||FEMA IS-29|
|FEMA IS-2200||FEMA G-191|
|FEMA IS-800||FEMA ICS-300|
|Must attend two of the four county quarterly trainings||Must attend two of the four county quarterly trainings||Must attend two of the four county quarterly trainings|
|Service at the Basic certification level for 1 year|
|PEMA Local Certification Checklist: Basic||PEMA Local Certification Checklist: Advanced||PEMA Local Certification Checklist: Professional|
*This course is no longer offered. The requirement is waived if an individual did not take this course.
IS- courses are available online through FEMA's Independent Study Program (click hyperlinks above). G- and ICS- courses are delivered in person. To view G- and ICS- training opportunities offered by the Montgomery County Department of Public Safety and regional partners, click here.