// Prerequisite Training


As part of the basic IMERT team member requirement, all team members must complete the following:

  • Basic Incident Command courses (IS-100 & IS-200)
  • National Incident Management System course (IS-700)
  • A CBRNE/WMD course.
  • Online Introduction to IMERT Policy and Procedure Course, available to team members only.
  • New Members must attend an in-person training to be accepted to the team.
  • Established members need to attend an in-person training or deployment annually.
  • Trainings are scheduled at various times throughout the year.  Once a course becomes available, you will be notified by email.

Proof of completion should be submitted to the IMERT office. Some of these courses are available online, follow the links below.

National Incident Management System (NIMS)

IS-700 National Incident Management System, An Introduction
Required before applying

Incident Command System (ICS)

IS-100 Introduction to Incident Command System, I-100
IS-200 Basic Incident Command System, I-200
Required before applying


IMERT requires all members to complete a Weapons of Mass Destruction/Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives (WMD/CBRNE) course before applying. If you would like to know if a course you have already taken will fulfill this requirement, please contact the office. Any of the below courses will fulfill the requirement and all are free of charge.

IS-5.A: An Introduction to Hazardous Materials

This FEMA Independent Study course is intended to provide a general introduction to hazardous materials that can serve as a foundation for more specific studies in the future.  The course can be found HERE.

Introduction to Emergency Response to Terrorism (Q0890)

This course is designed to provide the basic awareness training to prepare first responders to respond to incidents of terrorism safely and effectively. Offered by the US Fire Administration. MORE INFO HERE

WMD/Terrorism Awareness for Emergency Responders

This online course focuses on training responders to meet the requirements established in the National Fire Protection Association Chapter 4, “Competencies for Awareness Level Personnel,” and Code of Federal Regulations “First Responder Awareness Level” competencies. This course takes an all-hazards approach to Hazardous Material (HazMat) incidents, including acts of terrorism where Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) materials may have been used. It provides participants the knowledge to recognize the hazardous material, protect themselves, notify others, and secure the scene. MORE INFO HERE

Basic EMS Concepts for CBRNE Events

Is it natural or weaponized? Exposure or contamination, what’s the difference? Why did everyone in the room become sick? Where does Emergency Medical Services (EMS) fit into the Incident Command System (ICS) tree?  Learn the answers to these questions and more by taking the web-based Basic Emergency Medical Services Concepts for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive (CBRNE) course. AWR111-W can be completed by someone initially seeking information about this topic or by a health care provider wanting to enhance their knowledge concerning CBRNE events.  COURSE LINK HERE.