There is NO substitute for experience when it comes to controlling and mitigating a catastrophic event that endangers both the lives of your response team members and others that may be negatively affected by the event.  Gulf Coast Emergency Response Academy offers incident command level training for those expected to lead a response to either an industrial fire, a hazardous materials release or a technical rescue event. OSHA requires personnel in these positions to receive training enabling them to make the right decisions when time is critical. The Gulf Coast Emergency Response Academy staff available to instruct these courses have acted in these leadership roles in actual emergency events around the country. These experiences include major hazardous materials releases, industrial / chemical fires, train derailments, tornados and hurricanes, and many others. The Gulf Coast Emergency Response Academy staff will bring lessons learned from these events and others to the classroom.


Command and Control, Communication, Accountability are all keys to successfully mitigating an emergency event at your facility.


Having a good emergency action plan in place and having all resources working in coordination toward the same goal is vital to success.


Emergency scene communications are often credited for the collapse of the incident command structure. Gulf Coast Emergency Response Academy can train potential scene commanders in the proper communication techniques to implement at the scene of an emergency.


GCERA utilizes an accountability system during all training exercises. And it is an important building block within our incident Command training. Knowing “who” is “where” doing “what”.


Gulf Coast Emergency Response Academy offers the full range of the IMS courses now required by FEMA. These course are injected with actual experiences which make them a little more interesting than other courses that are all lecture based.  The following is a listing of the courses offered.


  • FEMA ICS-100 – Introduction to the Incident Command System (ICS-100 and ICS-200 Training)
  • FEMA IS-200 –- Incident Command System for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
  • FEMA ICS-300 – Intermediate Incident Command System
  • FEMA ICS-400 – Advanced Incident Command System
  • FEMA IS-700 – Introduction to the National Incident Management System
  • FEMA IS-701 –  Multi-Agency Coordination System
  • FEMA IS-702 –  Public Information System
  • FEMA IS-703 – Resource Management
  • FEMA IS-800 – Introduction to the National Response Plan


During these classes practical hands-on exercises help students understand how the principals covered in the class adapt to real world application.

Our training was really educational and practical. The guys are very helpful and professional.