To be honest, a lot of EM training sucks. There is way too much linear thinking in the field and training and ways of working both need an overhaul.
The Contrarian Emergency Manager
A great many of you are familiar with the piece I wrote in June called Incident Command System Training Sucks. In it, I identify that the foundational ICS courses (ICS-100 through ICS-400 – but especially ICS-300 and ICS-400) simply do not provide the skills training that emergency managers across all disciplines require to utilize the system efficiently, effectively, and comfortably. ICS Training Sucks turned out to be a popular piece which had a great deal of support from the first responder and emergency management community – which I am very grateful for. The amount of comments and feedback was indicative to me that I was on the right track and that I need to revisit the topic and explore more.
At the center of my argument stands Bloom’s Taxonomy. Bloom’s is a learning hierarchy which helps to identify the depth of instruction and learning. Here is Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy. We’ll…
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