FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, has mandated minimum training requirements for responders and volunteers who are responding to help in an emergency area. Below are hyperlinks to the on-line FEMA training site, where you may take the required courses of instruction on your computer, take the examination as well, and receive a certificate in the mail following successful completion of the exam.

The links to specific courses are for those that are FEMA requirements. Most courses have to do with the ICS, or Incident Command System. The Course List contains other courses, that may be of interest as well.


  • FEMA courses, ICS Course List
  • ICS-100, Introduction to the Incident Command System
  • ICS-200, ICS for Single Recources and Initial Action Incidents
  • ICS-700, National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction
  • ICS-800, National Response Plan, An Introduction
  • ICS-802, IS-802 Emergency Support Functions Communications
  • Postion Task Books (PTB), National Wildfire Coordinating Group
  • J-158, Radio Operator (RADO)
  • J-257, Incident Communications Center Manager (INCM)
These FEMA courses are now required for hams responding to disasters outside their local community. They are Internet Correspondence Courses that can be taken at home, with on-line testing. They are free, and FEMA issues a Certificate that will be mailed to you following the successful completion of the exam.
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