On December 15, 2016, Mark Zaslavsky, Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (EASTERN) Protective Services Instructor, provided his students with National Incident System/Incident Command System training, including a table top exercise reflecting real world natural and man-made scenarios.
Students were broken into collaborative groups and role-played as first responders to include: Police, Fire, EMS (medical professionals), as well as support and government positions such as Public Works, Emergency Management Coordinator, hospital and public affairs officers. They designed plans, organized logistics and administrative support and then executed their plan, as well as adapted it once the table top exercise began. Students worked together to resolve crises and discussed each situation to most effectively manage the situation and protect the public.
“This emergency management, role-play scenario places students in leadership, logistical and administrative positions that challenge their capabilities, enhance their communications skills and creates an opportunity to think and act ‘outside the box’ in a pressure environment where they each learn to adapt and overcome — skills necessary in emergency services/protective services careers, said Zaslavsky. “The exercise took place over four days and had interim and a final after-action review built into the program of instruction. They use their prior learning in the classroom and gain a deep understanding of how complicated planning and execution of missions in real world natural and man-made disasters truly challenge even the best professionals at the local, state and federal levels. The students met the challenges and exhibited their application of the learning to the situations before them.”
EASTERN’s Protective Services Program prepares students to enter careers such as to law enforcement, fire science, industrial safety, security, emergency medical services and emergency management.