Level One: Public Works First Responder Training Program

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Level One is intended for those Public Works professionals who serve in an elemental, field-based capacity or are new to the profession.

Session 1: PWFR 1-1: Introduction to Public Works as a First Responder: An Overview of Emergency Management and the Incident Command System in Public Works Emergencies*

This four (4) hour classroom-based course reviews the role of the Public Works employee as a first responder, along with the importance of the Incident Command System to manage crisis events at the local, state and national levels. This foundation course will provide the student with a basic understanding of the materials required to successfully complete the following Federal Emergency Management Agency (“FEMA”) independent study programs (to be completed on their own following the course): 

IS-100 b: Introduction to the Incident Command System

IS-200 B: Basic Incident Command System for Initial Response

ICS-700 a: An Introduction to the National Incident Management System


Non-Member: $75

NIPSTA Member: No cost   


      *This course is required for those seeking a NIPSTA Level One Certificate of Completion even if they have previously completed the training listed above as it provides direct context of this information to the public works profession.  

 July 15, 2021 8:00 AM-12:00 PM Register Here

Session 2: PWFR 1-2: Emergency First Aid Training for Public Works Emergencies

American Heart Association Heartsaver® First Aid CPR AED Training

This four (4) hour course provides Public Works personnel with basic medical training to prepare for a medical emergency in a field-based setting, including the following topics: scene safety, calling for help, first aid basics, medical emergencies, traumatic injuries, environmental emergencies, preventing illness and injury, Adult CPR and AED use, and opioid-associated life threatening emergencies. Instruction will be provided in both the classroom and an outdoors venue on the NIPSTA campus order to simulate a realistic Public Works environment. Successful completion will result in official certification through NIPSTA’s designation as a Training Site for the American Heart Association (“AHA”). 

Non-Member: $75

NIPSTA Member: No cost     


July 22, 2021 8:00 AM-12:00 PM Register Here


Session 3: PWFR 1-3A and PWFR 1-3B are held together in a single four (4) hour program


PWFR 1-3A: National Weather Service Storm Spotter Program

Real-time weather reports are critical in issuing warnings and saving lives. Weather Spotters are trained to assess local conditions, such as hail size, wind speed, tornado development and local damage related to severe weather events. This two (2) hour class covers the basis of severe weather, including storm structure, feature identification, spotter positioning, safety, and severe weather communication. The program is presented by a representative of the National Weather Service and is offered at no additional cost to participants. 

PWFR 1-3B: Scenario Review: A Practical Review of the Role of Public Works as a First Responder during Community-Wide Disasters

This two (2) hour course reviews the role of Public Works professionals as first responders during crisis events. The program will include an overview of actual scenarios in an effort to contextualize the valuable role of Public Works in emergency response. 

Non-Member: $75

NIPSTA Member: No cost   

July 29, 2021 8:00 AM-12:00 PM  Register Here

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