G-191: ICS/ EOC Interface

1-Day Course

G-191 Flyer April 2020

Course Description: The ICS/EOC Interface Workshop (G191) is designed to provide participants the ability to develop ICS/EOC interface implementation strategies or action plans for their communities. By proposing and discussing options in a neutral environment, and to help them understand that there are no rigid solutions to the ICS/EOC interface issues. This course will enable the participants to develop an effective interface between the Incident Command and the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) by applying Incident Command System (ICS) principles.

Course Pre-Requisites:  ICS-100, ICS-200, ICS-700A, and FEMA IS-775

Course Dates & Time:  April 14, 2020     0930 – 1700

The course is provided by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency at no cost.

On Line Registration:

Northampton County EOC
100 Gracedale Ave.
Nazareth, PA 18064

Michael A Rampulla
610-746-3194 x3229

G-402: Incident Command System (ICS) Overview For Executives/Senior Officials

G-402 Flyer March 2020
2-Hour Course

Course Description: The purpose of this course is to provide an orientation to executives and senior officials (including elected officials, city/county managers, agency administrators, etc.) to the Incident Command System (ICS). It covers what ICS is, organization and features, discuss the unified and area commands, coordination and incident management assessment and ICS preparedness.

This Course will satisfy NIMS 100 and 700 requirements.

Course Pre-Requisites: None

Course Dates & Time:  March 24, 2020     0930 – 1230

The course is provided by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency at no cost.

On Line Registration:

Northampton County EOC
100 Gracedale Ave.
Nazareth, PA 18064

Michael A Rampulla
610-746-3194 x3229

MERRTT – Modular Emergency Response Radiological Transportation Training

Course Description:
The program provides fundamental knowledge for responding to transportation incidents involving radiological material and builds on training in existing hazardous materials curricula. The course is designed in modular format, consisting of 16 concise, easy to understand modules and 4 hands-on practical exercises. This course meets Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) criteria for the initial training for Radiological Response Team (RRT) members.

Course Pre-Requisites: There are no course prerequisites

Course Dates: November 15, 2018 (C-MERRTT)     or    November 15 -AND- 16 (Full Course)     Time: 0800-1700

The course is provided through the Northampton County LEPC along with the US Department of Energy at no cost.

Registration:  Email Mike Rampulla       Registration closes: November 1, 2018

Location:  Northampton County EOC, 100 Gracedale Avenue, Nazareth, PA, 18064

Michael A. Rampulla
610-746-3194 x3229

G-289: Public Information Officer Awareness

Course Description:
The Public Information Officer Awareness Course (G289) is designed to acquaint participants with the concepts underlying the PIO role. Taken alone, this course can provide a basic understanding of the PIO function for those new to the position. Additionally, this training is a prerequisite and foundation for more advanced training that takes participants from the awareness level to the mastery level in their public information careers.

Course Pre-Requisites: There are no course prerequisites

Course Dates: Saturday, September 15, 2018      Time: 0800-1700

The course is provided by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency at no cost.

On-line registration:

Location:  Northampton County EOC, 100 Gracedale Avenue, Nazareth, PA, 18064

Michael A. Rampulla
610-746-3194 x3229

Priority Dispatch: Advanced EMD Course

Priority Dispatch:
Advanced Emergency Medical Dispatch Training

3 Day Course

EMD August 2018

Course Description:

The Emergency Medical Dispatcher (EMD) has been recognized as an essential component of effective EMS systems. Proper and timely training as well as a sound Medical Protocol are what help EMDs deliver quality care to the calling public with emergency medical needs.

Participants who complete the 3-day course will be eligible for certification through the International Academy of EMD. To be EMD-certified, the applicant must also be CPR-certified through the National Safety Council, American Heart Association, American Red Cross, European Resuscitation Council, or equivalent. We recommend this training be completed prior to attending the EMD course.


Course Pre-Requisites:

 CPR certification or course completion must meet Red Cross, Heart Association, Resuscitation Council, or DLS equivalent standards.

Course Dates & Time:
August 27-29, 2018 – 8AM-5PM
Course Fee:     $365 per attendee.
Refresher Fee: $99 per attendee.


On Line Registration:

Location                                                                      Contact:
Northampton County EOC                                         Chad S. Marsh
100 Gracedale Ave.                                         
Nazareth, PA 18064                                                   610-746-3194 x3225

Emergency Services Trailer Operations & Safety Instructor Level


Emergency Services Trailer Operations & Safety Instructor Level

This course is designed to teach the instructional methodology to potential and existing instructors needed to deliver the following program. This program was developed to provide the necessary resources to address trailer operations and safety for Emergency Services Organization (ESO). Trailers have been around for years, however, it is the increasing use of them in the emergency services setting that is new. Frequently, equipment is needed that cannot be carried on traditional vehicles or the equipment is needed sporadically. This equipment could be for day-to-day operations or for special operations. Trailers have become a mechanism to transport this equipment, however, many departments lack the expertise or training to hook up or move a trailer safely. As the use of trailers increases it becomes imperative to educate proactively to avoid unnecessary loss of life and property.

September 14, 2016
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM


Northampton Emergency Management

100 Gracedale Avenue Nazareth, PA 18064

Pre-registration required! Please register by September 1, 2016

VFIS Insured

1st Registration Free
Additional Registrations $60 each

Non-VFIS Insured

1st Registration $299
Additional Registrations $99 each

How to Register: Submit completed Registration Form and payment to: VFIS, 183 Leader Heights Rd., P.O. Box 2726, York, PA 17405

Register on-line at or Email form to Fax to (717) 747-7028

Registration Form


Transportation Rail Incident Preparedness and Response: “Flammable Liquid Unit Trains” Training Program

PA Fire Academy
The Pennsylvania State Fire Academy is offering this 8-hour class utilizing curriculum developed by numerous agencies working with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). This course provides critical information on best practices related to rail incidents involving unit trains hauling Hazard Class 3 flammable liquids such as Petroleum crude oil and  ethanol.

A key component of this class is to learn from past experiences and to leverage the expertise of public safety agencies, rail carriers, and industry subject matter experts in order to prepare first responders to safely manage unit train rail incidents involving commodities such as crude oil and ethanol. This exciting program will be offered locally on:

Friday, April 22, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. or Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 8:00 a.m.

Northampton County EMA
100 Gracedale Avenue
Nazareth, PA 18064

To register, please complete an application and email to or mail it to Jerry Bimle at the PA State Fire Academy. Register early!

Deadline is noon on April 1, 2016.

04-22-16 Northampton Co. EMA Nazareth – TRIPR AEER Application

04-23-16 Northampton Co. EMA Nazareth – TRIPR AEER Application


For Additional info or applications you can contact :
Michael Rampulla at 610-746-3194 ext.3229 or at

PA State Fire Academy
Jerry Bimle
1150 Riverside Drive
Lewistown, Pa 17044



1. API/AOPL Emergency Response Training Portal Now Live

I am excited to share this with you and encourage you to share with others.

Below is information on API/AOPL Emergency Response Team initiatives. IEC is actively involved as members of both API and AOPL.

The Pipeline Emergency Response Training Portal is now live at

A major task of the API/AOPL Emergency Response Team, this on-line training course is offered free of charge to first responders. The training comprises awareness, operation and technician level courses using the National Association of State Fire Marshalls (NAFSM) “Pipeline Emergencies” Program. It enables first responders to learn the techniques and skills to best address a hazardous liquid or natural gas pipeline incident. The on-line training portal is especially useful to rural, volunteer or departments of modest means, allowing them to receive pipeline training that fits their budget, schedule and location.

Learn the techniques and skills to best address a hazardous liquid or natural gas pipeline incident.
• New “Best in Class” online training
• FREE OF CHARGE for first responders
• Awareness, Operations and Technician level courses using the well-respected National Association of State Fire Marshals “Pipeline Emergencies” Program
• The Training Portal is among the many initiatives American Petroleum Institute (API) and Association of Oil Pipe Lines (AOPL) is introducing to enhance effective response to pipeline incidents.

Supported by: The National Association of State Fire Marshals and the International Association of Fire Chiefs

2. Pipeline Association for Public Awareness

A number of the resources discussed during the Pipeline Emergency Awareness session you participated are listed below for your reference and use. This organization has a number of free [for emergency responders] online and hard copy training opportunities for you and your emergency responder organization.

Pipeline Emergency Response Guidelines
In the unlikely event of an emergency near or involving a pipeline, it is critical you know how to respond and are prepared to work together with the pipeline representatives. PAPA’s

Emergency Response Guidelines were created to provide a concise, yet complete, resource for reference prior to and during a pipeline emergency.

IEC sponsors the above and mails them to the heads of emergency responders in Delaware, Chester, Montgomery, Bucks and Northampton Counties. You can download or request a hard copy from their website as well. We use this to provide you with another tool for evacuation distance considerations along with the DOT Emergency Response Guidelines.
Emergency Responder Training Videos
Use this series of Pipeline Emergency Response videos to learn about strategic considerations when responding to a pipeline release in your community. The complete series can be accessed at
Pipeline Emergency Response Training Tools and Scenarios
Access a library of interactive scenarios to apply your knowledge and solve problems. The training materials include: interactive training scenarios, a presentation based on the Pipeline Emergency Response Guidelines booklet, instructors guide, and practice test. These resources may be accessed at
3. Interstate Energy Company
Please visit our website for more pipeline safety information, including where to get additional information.

Contact me if I can be of further assistance at; 610.327.5334

Kathleen P. McVeigh, Supervisor Public Awareness
Interstate Energy Company

Commonwealth NIMS Implementation Strategy

Please see documents regarding the commonwealth NIMS implementation strategy. The first document is the full-version of the strategy and reviews all facets of the NIMS implementation process. The second document includes the local training matrix for ICS field staff as well as EOC staff and Elected officials. The second document was developed from a series of appendices pulled directly from the full document that is also attached.

PEMA Directive D2014-03 – NIMS

National Incident Management System training matrix

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Todd Weaver at or (610) 746-3194