Training

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A common thread in all of our courses is a wealth of real-world response experience. Each of our instructors has decades of emergency service experience to draw from.


PCT's team has studied and taught throughout the U.S. and in foreign countries including Israel, Japan, China, Canada, Ireland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Finland. 


This experience helps us bring best practices to our students from all over the globe., and lessons from many major disasters. Some of our most popular presentations have compared response practices considered to be among the best in the world.

Classroom Training

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PCT serves class sizes from handfuls to hundreds. 


We offer a range of courses, including standardized curricula from FEMA, the Center for Domestic Preparedness, the Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center, the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services and others.


We've also designed courses to meet the needs of our clients, and offer customized training in our specialty areas. Our cadre of subject matter experts and accomplished educators brings a solid background to the courses we design and valuable real-world insight to the standardized courses we deliver.



Hands-on Courses

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Many of our courses include practical exercises and other hands-on activities. In some cases, that experience is essential to providing the necessary skills to students. In others, those activities improve student confidence, develop teamwork, and add to the enjoyment of the students.


Our team seeks out courses that provide these opportunities, and often develops activities to augment instruction.

Custom Training Development

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PCT seeks out ways to serve the training needs of its clients. 


A recent casualty decontamination course included classroom materials of our design and hands-on practice with simulated  wheelchair users and  a service dog. These added features provided both hands-on experience and something for every student to think about.


Our basic and advanced multi-casualty incident courses were developed by PCT team members with comprehensive real-world response and teaching experience. 


We welcome inquiries into other customized deliveries.

FEMA Courses

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PCT's team includes exceptionally well-qualified and credentialed instructors for FEMA ICS and NIMS courses, including the latest curricula. Some are available as online self-study courses. Many of our clients prefer live classroom presentations to improve student comprehension and retention. We often batch courses together for efficiency.


Note: FEMA released new ICS and NIMS course curricula between late 2018 and mid 2019, along with new requirements for authorized instructors. Our team is authorized for courses delivered in California.


Examples include:

  • ICS 100.c  Introduction to the Incident Command System
  • ICS 200.c Basic Incident Command for Initial Response
  • ICS 300 Intermediate Incident Command for Expanding Incidents
  • ICS 400 Advanced Incident Command for Command and General Staff
  • NIMS 700.b Introduction to the National Incident Management System
  • NIMS 800.c The National Response Framework: An Introduction
  • Senior Leaders Orientation
  • G-191 Incident Command System/Emergency Operations Center Interface


California OES Courses

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The PCT team includes instructors with credentials to deliver courses from the Governor's Office of Emergency Services.  Subjects include both hazardous materials and emergency management.


Emergency Management

  • G 606 California Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS) Introduction
  • ICS 100 and 200
  • G 775 Emergency Operations Center Management & Operations


Hazardous Materials

  • First Responder Awareness (FRA)
  • First Responder Operations (FRO)
  • FRO Decontamination
  • HM Incident Commander/Scene Manager
  • HM Assistant Safety Officer


Other Standardized Courses

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PCT is proud to deliver exceptional courses developed by other agencies, organizations, and consortia. A few examples include:

  • Disaster Medical Response: a course developed by the International Trauma and Disaster Institute, and now being transitioned to the American College of Surgeons. 
  • Hospital Emergency Response Team: a locally available version of the excellent course developed by the Center for Domestic Preparedness.
  • Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings:  an awareness-level, locally available version of the on-campus course provided by the Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center at New Mexico Tech. We have coordinated this classroom course with live explosive demonstrations by FBI and local bomb squad members.
  • Stop the Bleed: The American College of Surgeons'  impactful course may be coupled with active threat training.