These sessions will take place Saturday, December 2-Monday, December 4, 2017 and an additional registration fee is required to participate. All pre-conference sessions have limited enrollments based on content. Please download the symposium brochure for complete details.

All-Hazards Communications Unit Leader 3 Day Course (COML)
This course helps attendees establish the essential core competencies required for performing the duties of the COML in an all-hazards incident. This course addresses all responsibilities appropriate to a COML operating in a local- or state-level AHIMT. These responsibilities include the collection, processing and dissemination as needed to facilitate Operations of Command, general Staff, and Unit Leaders within the confines of a Type 3 AH Incident Management Team. The course is an instructor-led training that supports learning through discussion, lecture, and active participation in multiple exercises. By requiring attendees to bring Communications Unit Leader Kit to the instruction, the course provides a realistic, hands-on approach to mastering the skills of a COML. This course is limited to 15 participants.

All-Hazards Field Reconnaissance 3 Day Course (FDNY / SDUA-IMT)
This is course is intended to address the needs of mapping and developing situational awareness at an all hazards incident. The course describes the duties and responsibilities as well as provides basic skills necessary to persons likely to be assigned to conduct field reconnaissance (RECON) at an all hazards incident. This course will satisfy the requirements of Field Observer S-244. This course is limited to 14 participants.

All-Hazards ICS for Effective Initial Response 2 Day Course (EMSI)
This course is designed to enable personnel to operate efficiently during an incident or event within the Incident Command System (ICS). This course focuses on the management of an initial response to an internal incident. This course is limited to 32 participants.

IMTC ICS Skills Enhancement and Refresher Course (SEAR)
The IMTC ICS Skills Enhancement and Refresher Course (SEAR) is the perfect method to keep your team members’ skills sharp, enthusiasm high, and deployment capability intact. Designed as a fast-paced interactive course for personnel assigned to incident management leadership positions, the IMTC SEAR Course provides a quick review of the Planning Process that enables students to continue successful performance in a team environment and then practices honing those skills while managing a realistic incident scenario during a full-day functional exercise. Team members are provided with the new All-Hazards Incident Management Team Response and Planning Guide (RPG) to help navigate the Planning Cycle; then they keep the Guide as their own personal reference. This course is limited to 20 participants.

Introduction to Social Media (SM) – Daniel Hatlestad
This full-day pre-session introductory course is designed to meet the needs of those individuals new to social media. Social media can be a positive tool that both individuals and Incident Management Teams can use to improve communication, expand traditional media ties and rapidly distribute critical information. The importance of social media’s role in the efforts of an Incident Management Team cannot be ignored. Social Media is an integral component in almost all successful incident communication strategies. With this increasing emphasis on integrated social media strategies, there is an irrefutable need for PIO professionals and IMTs to have end‐to‐end social media expertise. Through case studies, interactive sessions, and class exercises, students will learn best practices and develop the skills to connect incident objectives with social media strategy, platforms and tactics. Topics will include choosing appropriate platforms, creating effective and engaging social media content, content management, social listening and creating a social media policy. This course is limited to 50 participants.

Managing Risk through Intent Based Planning (MCS)
Many members have attended the half-day Intent Based Planning Workshop run by Mission-Centered Solutions, Inc. at previous symposiums. This full day session takes the content all the way through the Planning P and uses scenarios to allow participants to conduct a tactics meeting, filling out the 215 and 215a using a task, purpose end state approach and evolved thinking and tools around risk. In this session, MCS facilitators will demonstrate how leader’s intent manages risk, how current thinking around the 215a is decades out of date, and how to more effectively determine acceptable risks using the 215a. Participants will also produce intent based 204s for the scenario complete with intent and acceptable risk guidance. Participants will be organized into teams, each with a coach to help them work through the process. The outcome is more cohesive, adaptable and resilient incident orga¬nization and a more effective alignment between the C&GS and those operators in the field executing their intent. This course is limited to 32 participants.