|Training and Exercise
The Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security's Training and Exercise Division encompasses many aspects of preparedness, training, exercise, and response. OKOHS provides tailored training and exercises for Oklahoma responders to enhance the capacity of the state, as well as county and local jurisdictions to prevent, protect, respond and recover safely and effectively to incidents of terrorism involving weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and all-hazard events.
Specifically, OKOHS training is designed to meet the varying needs of Oklahoma first responders. This includes training multiple jurisdictions and multiple disciplines, through an all-hazards approach at the awareness, performance and planning/management levels. OKOHS also focuses on employing the most appropriate mediums and vehicles for course delivery to the target audience. These venues include:
• Direct Delivery (In State)
• Resident Delivery (Out of State)
• Video Teleconferencing
• Computer-Based Training
• Web-Based Training (Future)
OKOHS uses local training providers, such as Oklahoma State University Fire Service Training (OSU-FST), and some out-of-state providers to deliver training. OKOHS also uses the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) National Training Consortium Partners, for specialized direct delivery courses in Oklahoma and in resident programs, both with no cost to responders. In addition, OKOHS has developed several state courses that endured a rigorous validation process before delivery and continuous assessment once training deliveries are initiated.
Oklahoma Regional Response System
The Regional Response System is managed within the Training and Exercise Division of OKOHS. All training needed for the Regional Response System is provided free of cost to the units. Training is provided through Oklahoma State University-Fire Service Training (OSU-FST). For additional information regarding the Regional Response System, please visit the Regional Response System Homepage. For additional information regarding the training provided to the Regional Response System, please visit the OSU-FST's Events Calendar.
The National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC) is the principal vehicle through which Department of Homeland Security/FEMA National Preparedness Directorate (NPD) identifies, develops, tests and delivers training to state and local emergency responders. Most courses are available as a direct delivery in which instructors travel to Oklahoma and conduct courses. Resident delivery courses are also an option which involves the student traveling to the training site. With either delivery method, there is no cost for the instruction of the courses. Visit the Consortium Training page for additional details. For information on training and resources for emergency first responders, with an emphasis on rural areas, visit the Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium.
To register for a course, click on the left navigation link to the OKOHS Training Calendar. Once there, search for the course you are interested in attending, click on the course name, then on Register for Course/Event at the top of the page. You may also search for a course by the date of delivery. If you already have an account, enter your login and password. If you don't have a login and password, create an account then click next. Once you have completed the necessary steps, you should get a confirmation page. If you have any questions, contact the Training and Exercise Division contacts listed to the right.
**Please note: To register for NIMS Position-Specific courses, please visit OSU-FST's Events Calendar.
Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security Exercise Program
The OKOHS Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (OK-HSEEP) is an exercise program that enhances the capacity of state and local governments to prevent and respond to terrorism and natural disasters. This is achieved through a fully integrated program of assistance for state, regional and local exercises. Visit the Exercise Program page for more details.
National Incident Management System (NIMS) Program
OKOHS is responsible for the implementation of NIMS. OKOHS is coordinating with all state agencies, tribal governments, and local jurisdictions to ensure NIMS implementation. NIMS is critical to ensuring full and robust preparedness across Oklahoma and the nation. OKOHS coordinates the required training and provides technical assistance for compliance. Visit the NIMS Homepage page for further details.