Training Opportunities

HRD K-9 Seminar - Course # 24-416-03
Location: 5148 Knottsville Road, Thornton, WV 26440
Instructors: Pam Bennett
Course Dates/Times: March 2, 2024 starting at 9:00 am to noon - 1:00pm to 5:00pm - HRD
March 3, 2024 starting at 9:00 am to noon 1:00 pm to 5:00pm - HRD
Course description: Two day course. First full day will be beginners and intermediates HRD focus-ing on TFR (trained final response) and victim loyalty. Limited number of ground support personnel are welcome. 
  • Students will be responsible for their own meals transportation and lodging.
  • If you have questions, please contact Jeff Cunningham, SAR Training Officer at 304-414-7682 or 304-941-6025. Email: jeff.o.cunningham@wv.gov
  • Students will need to register for class with WVPST. Please download training flyer for more information.
Location: 5148 Knottsville Road, Thornton, WV 26440
Instructors: Pam Bennett
Course Dates/Times: March 9, 2024 starting at 9:00 am to noon - 1:00pm to 5:00pm- Air Scent
March 10, 2024 starting at 9:00 am to noon 1:00 pm to 5:00pm - HRD
Course Description: Two day course. First full day will be beginners and intermediates Air Scent focusing on TFR (trained final response) and victim loyalty. Limited number of ground support personnel are welcome. Additional audit positions available upon request. Second day will be HRD.
  • Students will be responsible for their own meals transportation and lodging.
  • If you have questions, please contact Jeff Cunningham, SAR Training Officer at 304-414-7682 or 304-941-6025. Email: jeff.o.cunningham@wv.gov
  • Students will need to register for class with WVPST. Please download training flyer for more information.
FUNSAR/SARTECH II Course # 24-390-03
Location: Online ZOOM classes / mandatory field class - Kanawha State Forest, Charleston
Instructors: Bob Ruzewski
Students will contact instructor for on line class at bob@ruzewski.com 
Course Dates
  • March 5, 7, 12, 14,19 and 21 ZOOM online classes
  • March 16, 17 Saturday, Sunday mandatory field class
  • March 23, 24 Saturday, Sunday mandatory field class
Course Description: This will be a FUNSAR/SARTECH II class with 24 hours of online classes and 40 hours (two weekends of day/ night time field work). The classes will cover everything needed to take the SARTECH II test on the last day. Students should come prepared to spend two weekends in the woods and learn how to do Map and Compass, Area and Line Search Skill, Night Navigation, Fire and Shelter Building, Knots and Stokes Basket Evacuation, Tracking, Communications, Mock Search.
  • There will not be a tuition cost for students, but the student will pay for FUNSAR book and NASAR test. 
  • All instructor fees are paid for by WVEMD. 
  • NASAR will offer a discount on the book for $ 49.95 and FUNSAR/SARETECH II bundle for $110 students will need to contact Ellen Wingerd at NASAR.​
  • Students will be responsible for transportation costs and meals
  • Students will need to register through WVPST for this course. 
TW_UpcomingTrainingOpp_ScentSAR.pngAir Scent K-9 Seminar – Course # 24-391-03
Location: 2633 Camp Towles Road, Grafton, WV 26354
Instructors: Jessica Burnside, Laura King
Course Dates
  • Friday March 8, 2024 starting at 5:00 pm
  • Saturday March 9, 2024 starting at 8:00 am
  • Sunday March 10, 2024 starting at 8:00 am
Course De​scription: Two-and-​a-half-day course integrating key training elements for both sides of the Air Scent K9 team.
Handlers should come prepared for both classroom and field work with an emphasis on structuring every training to be successful.
  • Friday evening - “Search Strategies” (other topics available upon request).
  • Saturday - Indication reinforcement and sequence work, Increasing value of rewards and improving timing to increase performance.
  • Sunday - Implementation of specific goals to improve reliability, Motivational training with variable subjects, how to be a good subject.
  • ​Students will need to register through WVP​ST for this course. 

​Questions about SAR training:  If you have questions, please contact Jeff Cunningham, SAR Training Officer at 304-414-7682 or 304-941-6025. Email: jeff.o.cunningham@wv.gov

The WV SERC is inviting you to take a WV–specific CAMEO® for Planning Class!
Understand the hazardous material threat in your jurisdiction. Experienced instructors will train you how to use the CAMEO® Suite of software* to facilitate planning for hazardous material and other types of emergency incidents.
West Virginia CAMEO ® for Planning 2024:
  • March 21, 11-12 ET – Intro, Logistics & Setup
  • March 28, 11-1 pm ET – Lessons 1 & 2
  • April 4, 11-1 pm ET – Lessons 3 & 4
  • April 11, 11-1 pm ET – Lesson 5
  • April 18, 11-1 pm ET – Lessons 6, 7 & Wrap-Up
This month-long class includ​es:
Online Classroom with 24/7 access to weekly lessons, videos & activities; and Weekly, scheduled live Q&A webinars. 1-hour Zoom call on the 1st day of class. Four, 2-hour webinars on the remaining 4 days.

Alternative Fuel Vehicle Response Course ID# 24-189-03
Date & Time: Saturday March 23, 2024 beginning at 8:30 am
Location: Parkersburg Fire Department Training Center, 2311 Camden Avenue, Parkersburg, WV 26101
Instructor: Greg Payeur, Training to Perform Under Pressure
  • There are over 22 million alternative fuel vehicles on American roadways today. We have developed the Alternative Fuel Vehicles Training Program to help firefighters handle the unique challenges presented by these new technologies. This program explains the most common fuel system types, components significant to rescuers, safety precautions, and procedures for incidents involving alternative fueled vehicles such as Electric (EV), Hybrid, Hydrogen, Natural Gas, and Propane. This program includes four hours of classroom learning and four hours of hands-on training, including an overview of the vehicle’s safety restraint systems, special considerations for Electric Vehicle Extrication, and Electric Vehicle fire operations. (8 hours)
  • Students will need to register through WVPST for this course. See form and information below.​
    Registration closes March 21, 2024 at 4PM.
Registration: Complete this document​ including the course number. Please contact Eva Godbey with questions about registration at 304-766-0011 ext. 22 or eva.godbey@k12.wv.us

National Emergency Management Basic Academy (NEMBA) FEMA Region 3
​Dates:
  • ​April 8-12,2024: L0101, Foundations of Emergency Management
    • ​Registration Deadline: March 23, 2024
  • June 3-5, 2024: L0102, Science of Disaster
    • ​Registration Deadline: May 23, 2024
  • June 6-7, 2024: L0103, Planning: Emergency Operations
    • ​Registration Deadline: May 23,2024
  • August 26-27.2024: L0116 Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP), Public Information Basic
    • ​Registration Deadline: August 15, 2024
  • August 28-30, 2024: L0105, Public Information Basics
    • ​Registration Deadline: August 15,2024
Location: Days Inn and Suites by Wyndham, 350 Days Drive, Sutton, WV 26601
How to Register for the CourseEmail Brent Burger at brent.a.burger@wv.gov​ if interested in attending any or all of these courses and you will be sent the registration code to register online. We will require a letter from your organization showing backing for your attendance in all courses.

Date & Time: April 16, 2024, from 8:30 am -5:00 pm
Location: Public Service Training, 501 22nd Street, Dunbar
​Registration: Follow the guidelines in the linked document using the course number in this posting. 
Registration closes April 12, 2024, at 1600 hrs.
This 1-day course provides an overview to the roles and responsibilities of first responders operating under the Incident Command System (ICS). Further, it explains how the Incident Commander and the IC Staff interface with local Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs) during emergencies or disasters. Each student must have a computer for course materials.

Date & Time: April 17, 2024, from 8:30 am -5:00 pm
Location: Logan Emergency Ambulance Service, 511 Dingess Street, Logan
​Registration: Follow the guidelines in the linked document using the course number in this posting. 
Registration closes April 12, 2024, at 1600 hrs.
This 1-day course provides an overview to the roles and responsibilities of first responders operating under the Incident Command System (ICS). Further, it explains how the Incident Commander and the IC Staff interface with local Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs) during emergencies or disasters. Each student must have a computer for course materials.

ICS Train the Trainer/L-449
Date & Time: April 29 to May 3, 2024​, 8AM-5PM daily
Location: Public Service Training, 501 22nd Street, Dunbar, WV 25064
​Registration:  All prerequisite certificates must be emailed to Brent Burger, WV EMD Training Officer by Friday February 16, 2024, at 4:30pm. Class limit is twenty-five (25) students and seats will be given upon receipt of all prerequisites emailed to Brent Burger at brent.a.burger@wv.gov

Course Description: This course expands and improves students' ability to deliver National Incident Management System (NIMS) curricula. Students are provided training on the delivery of:

  • ICS-100: Introduction to the ICS
  • ICS-200: Basic ICS for Initial Response
  • ICS-300: Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents
  • ICS-400: Advanced ICS for Complex Incidents
  • G0402: NIMS Overview for Executives and Senior Officials 
  • E/L/G0191: EOC/ICS Interface
​Emphasis is placed on classroom-based deliveries. This includes compliance with the NIMS Training Program, adult education methodologies, deployment of course activities, pre- and post-testing, and ICS training program management.

Dates and Times: April 30, May 1, & May 2, 2024 (0830-1630)
Location: Hardy County 911 Center. 157 Freedom Way. Moorefield,
Description: This 3-day course is designed for those emergency response personnel who would function in a Command or General Staff position during a large, complex incident or event, or personnel who are or would likely be part of a local or regional Incident Management Team during a major incident, whether single agency, multiagency, or Unified Command. Training scenario will be agriculture-based.
Registration: Following the guidelines in the linked document using the course number in this posting. Registration closes Thursday, April 18, 2024, at 1600 hrs.
If you have any questions or issues registering, please contact Eva Godbey at eva.godbey@k12.wv.us

​​​​Questions about trainings? Contact State Training Officer brent.a.burger@wv.gov ​