Disaster Response Chaplain's Certification

1 Cor 9:19-22 For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more; 20 and to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the law, that I might win those who are under the law; 21 to those who are without law, as without law (not being without law toward God, but under law toward Christ), that I might win those who are without law; 22 to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some." (Note) As Chaplains we cannot pick and choose who we might respond to help when responding to crisis or disaster! It is our calling and responsibility to be there for people in crisis no matter what their religious beliefs may be. Thank you for your time. Chaplain Gibson

Each day communities respond to numerous disasters or emergencies. Most often, these incidents are managed effectively at the local level. However, there are some incidents that may require a collaborative approach that includes personnel from: 1. Multiple jurisdictions, 2. A combination of specialties or disciplines, 3. Several levels of government, 4. Non-governmental organizations, and 5. The private sector.

The National Incident Management System, or NIMS, provides the foundation needed to ensure that we can work together when our communities and the Nation need us the most. NIMS integrates best practices into a comprehensive, standardized framework that is flexible enough to be applicable across the full spectrum of potential incidents, regardless of cause, size, location, or complexity. Using NIMS allows us to work together to prepare for, prevent, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of incidents.

CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: The following are the requirements to become board certified in Disaster Response. There are no short cuts, all training requirements must be meet before disaster response certification will be considered. All requirements must be meet before certification will be issued. Disaster Response Chaplains are First Responders in their own right. There are no short cuts for Disaster Response Chaplains, proper training means everything in times of disaster and crisis.


All applicants for certification as Disaster Response Chaplains must complete the following courses. Most of these courses are provided free of charge online by FEMA.
1. IS-230.b Fundamentals of Emergency Management: This course is the first introductory course in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Emergency Management Institute’s (EMI) Independent Study Professional Development Series (PDS). Its goal is to introduce you to the fundamentals of emergency management (EM) as an integrated system, and how its resources and capabilities can be networked together for all hazards. All communities are vulnerable to a variety of hazards. Emergency management provides a structure for anticipating and dealing with Preparedness, Prevention, Protection, Response, Recovery and Mitigation of, those hazards.

2. IS-800.B National Response Framework, An Introduction: The course introduces participants to the concepts and principles of the National Response Framework. At the end of this course, you will be able to describe: The purpose of the National Response Framework. The response doctrine established by the National Response Framework. The roles and responsibilities of entities as specified in the National Response Framework. The actions that support national response. The response organizations used for multiagency coordination. How planning relates to national preparedness.
3. IS-907 - Active Shooter: What You Can Do: An active shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and other populated area. In most cases, active shooters use firearms and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims. Active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly. All employees can help prevent and prepare for potential active shooter situations. This course provides guidance to individuals, including managers and employees, so that they can prepare to respond to an active shooter situation.
4. IS-100.SCa Introduction to the Incident Command System for Schools for course and course details

Course Objectives: At the completion of this course, you should be familiar with the following: 1.ICS applications in school-based incidents. 2.ICS organizational principles and elements. 3.ICS positions and responsibilities. 4.ICS facilities and functions.
5.ICS planning. In addition, you will learn the steps you should take to be accountable for your actions during an incident.


5. IS-200.b - ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents for course and course details

Course Overview: ICS 200 is designed to enable personnel to operate efficiently during an incident or event within the Incident Command System (ICS). ICS-200 provides training on and resources for personnel who are likely to assume a supervisory position within the ICS.

The Emergency Management Institute developed ICS its ICS courses collaboratively with: 1. National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) 2. U.S. Department of Agriculture 3. United State Fire Administration’s National Fire Programs Branch. Note: IS-200.b is an updated version of the IS-200 course. If you have successfully completed IS-200 or IS-200.a, you may want to review the new version of the course. For credentialing purposes, the courses are equivalent.

Primary Audience: Persons involved with emergency planning, response or recovery efforts. NIMS Compliance: This course is NIMS compliant and meets the NIMS Baseline Training requirements for IS-200.

Prerequisites: 1. IS-100 Introduction to the Incident Command System is required. 2. Completion of IS 700.A, National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction is recommended.


6. IS-700a National Incident Management System (NIMS), for course and course details

This course introduces NIMS and takes approximately three hours to complete. It explains the purpose, principles, key components and benefits of NIMS. The course also contains "Planning Activity" screens giving you an opportunity to complete some planning tasks during this course. The planning activity screens are printable so that you can use them after you complete the course.

What will I be able to do when I finish this course? 1. Describe the key concepts and principles underlying NIMS. 2. Identify the benefits of using ICS as the national incident management model. 3. Describe when it is appropriate to institute an Area Command. 4. Describe when it is appropriate to institute a Multi agency Coordination System. 5. Describe the benefits of using a Joint Information System (JIS) for public information. 6. Identify the ways in which NIMS affects preparedness. 7. Describe how NIMS affects how resources are managed. 8. Describe the advantages of common communication and information management systems. 9. Explain how NIMS influences technology and technology systems. 10. Describe the purpose of the NIMS Integration Center.

7. IS-5.a An Introduction to Hazardous Materials "WMD" for course and course details

Course Overview: This 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 has five Units which are outlined below. No prior knowledge of the subject is required or assumed.

At the end of the course, the participant should be able to: 1. Explain the roles of Federal, State, Tribal and local governments in reducing hazardous materials risks through Health and Environmental Regulations 2. Discuss the two major hazardous materials identification systems used within the United States. 3. Identify possible terrorist’s targets of opportunities in the use of toxic industrial chemicals (TIC) as Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD). 4. Identify locations where hazardous materials are commonly found and how to determine their potential health effects 5. Describe basic terms that pertain to exposures to hazardous materials. 6. Read and interpret a materials safety data sheet (MSDS). 7. Explain how hazardous materials enter the body and contaminate the environment. 8. Describe what communities can do to increase their emergency preparedness to respond to hazardous materials incidents and 9. Identify steps individuals and communities can take to protect themselves during a hazardous materials release.


8. Required to be Certified in CPR and CPR First Aid: Members can get their certification in CPR and CPR First Aid at their local Red Cross, Fire Department or local educational institutions. You can also get your certification on at CPR Today, the link is below. We require members you take the Comprehensive BLS Training Program for certification. After registration you will have instant access to your course which may be completed immediately in one sitting or in as many sessions as convenient within 30 days from any internet-connected computer. To learn more about the courses
Once all courses are completed you would then be listed on this site as a certified Disaster Response Chaplain. We hope and pray that here will be many who will work hard to become certified Disaster Response response Chaplains. The chaplains who complete all the training will be a tremendous blessing for the glory of Gods' kingdom and to their communities and families during times of disaster or crisis.

CFMI Member's: US and Canadian member's application for certification:

Nonmember's: US and Canadian application for certification:

Training pocket guides catalog:


Galatians 6:4- You should each judge your own conduct. If it is good, then you can be proud of what you yourself have done, without having to compare it with what someone else has done.

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