Virginia Incident Management Systems (IMS)
Steve Grainer — Program Chief
1005 Technology Park Drive
Glen Allen, VA 23059-1005
About the Chief
Steve Grainer came to work for the Department of Fire Programs full-time in 2004, shortly after the publication of the National Incident Management System. He has had nearly 38 years of fire and emergency services experience in Virginia, having served in both volunteer and career positions from firefighter/EMT to chief officer with rural and urban fire departments. He also has extensive service in local emergency management and state emergency management. Additionally, he served as a district emergency planner for the Virginia Department of Health further expanding his experience and knowledge of emergency preparedness and response. In addition to extensive responder level experience, he has also been involved in 9 major state disaster operations dating back nearly 20 years serving in supervisory and management positions supporting local and state response and recovery operations. The depth and scope of his experience in a wide variety of emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities at the local and state level have led to frequent invitations to serve on national projects to improve and advance the development and implementation of NIMS, ICS and other emergency management initiatives. These opportunities have enabled the Commonwealth to remain on the forefront of efforts to promote and maintain an effective statewide incident management capability.
About the Program
NIMS and ICS training programs delivered by the Department of Fire Programs are consistent and compliant with the principles and doctrine of the National Incident Management System and satisfy all DHS expectations and criteria. In addition to standard NIMS and ICS curriculum, VDFP also offers programs for training and practical exercises that reinforce the core NIMS and ICS curriculum. Programs such as ICS Planning and Forms and Command and General Staff—Practical Evolutions provide participants added depth in application and use of the fundamental practices taught in ICS 100 through ICS-300 courses, particularly the use of standard ICS tools and materials used to develop and implement Incident Action Plans which are critical elements of effective incident and emergency management. Both programs can be provided in cooperation with local emergency response organizations and are often custom-tailored for the needs of specific localities. Contact the VDFP IMS Office for further information.
Important Notice: IS-100.a and IS-200.a Group/Classroom Exam Submissions
Important Notice: New Opscan Answer Sheets For EMI Independent Study Program Courses
If you requested the final exam questions for teaching courses IS-100.a and IS-200.a in order to submit opscan answer sheet forms by postal service to the Independent Study Program (ISP), please be sure to check the version of the final exam questions you are currently using.
For IS-100.a and IS-200.a final exam questions, beginning August 1, 2009, only Version 4 exams will be accepted. To determine your exam version, please look at the upper right corner of the exam questions. If the exam does not say “Version 4”, it will no longer be accepted after the deadline.
Any prior versions of the exam, if postmarked after July 31, 2009, will be returned to you by the ISP Office. If you are currently using an earlier version, please call the ISP office to request Version 4 questions so that you will not be affected by this deadline. You can call the ISP Office at 301-447-1200, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time to request the Version 4 exam questions, or for further information.
As a reminder, if you are providing either of these courses and students are submitting their final exams online (http://training.fema.gov), they should use the online final exam questions; this notice only pertains to those who are submitting final exams by postal service on opscan answer sheets.
Also please note that IS-800.b and IS-700.a have been issued new Version 4 exams as well. Instructors providing written tests on FEMA OpScan answer sheets to be mailed to NETC should obtain the new exam question packets. Answers to previous test files will not correspond to the new Version 4 test.
For further information contact the VDFP NIMS contact, firstname.lastname@example.org.
|All-Hazards Liaison Officer||VDFP Central Office
Glen Allen, VA
|June 20-21, 2012|
NIMS-related and ICS training programs for all emergency responders are conducted regularly in localities. Personnel wishing or needing to attend these classes are encouraged to contact their local Fire Service agency, emergency management training office, or VDFP Division office (see Division Offices under “Training” on the VDFP home webpage). Specific local training within localities or regions is also posted in the VDFP course schedule on the FSTRS webpage under “View Courses” in the Training section of his website. Additionally, the VDFP IMS office provides assistance in planning, scheduling and conducting various ICS and NIMS compliant training programs. For further information or assistance, contact the IMS office as shown above