Centennial College launches two new courses in emergency management

TORONTO, Nov. 2, 2011 /CNW/ - The tragic events of September 11, 2001, the Virginia Tech shootings in 2007 and recent, devastating natural disasters underscore the importance of inter-professional emergency preparedness, communications, response and recovery. New and emerging challenges have heightened the demand for emergency-management professionals with highly focused academic credentials.

Centennial College's Emergency Management and Public Safety Institute (EMPSI) is committed to developing specialized training, as well as certificate and degree programs, intended for professionals involved in all facets of emergency management, public health and safety planning. Towards that end, Centennial is launching two initial courses of interest to individuals working in, or preparing for, careers related to emergency response and management.

Basic Emergency Management is a provincial certification course that provides an overview of emergency management in Ontario. Through a variety of presentations, case studies, group work and simulations, students will learn about the key provisions of the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. Covered are the essential roles and responsibilities of all levels of government and key organizations involved in emergency management.

Basic Incident Management (IMS) is a provincial certification course tailored for individuals involved in implementing IMS at low-level incidents or during the early phases of a complex emergency. Students will become familiar with the application of the command system in a simple incident, as well as the creation of incident action plans. Participants will gain knowledge of incident facilities, resource management and communications as they apply to an emergency incident.

Both courses are delivered separately over two intensive days in a classroom setting, and include an exam and provincial certification for each. The courses are scheduled over upcoming weekends this fall to accommodate working professionals.

For more details call Ginette Soulieres, EMPSI Manager, 416-289-5000 ext. 8373, or visit www.centennialcollege.ca/empsi.

SOURCE Centennial College

For further information:

Media contact: Mark Toljagic, Communications Officer, Centennial College, 416-289-5000, ext. 7142 or 416-605-6012/mtoljagic@centennialcollege.ca


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