The ITF is based on the Coordinated Incident Management System (CIMS) and has been developed to meet coordination centre training and development requirements throughout the Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) sector.
The ITF was established by a consortium of regional CDEM Groups, supported by the Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management, to promote and support professional development.
The ITF is for anyone who could potentially be employed in a coordination centre during an emergency.
Within CDEM, coordination centres operate at the local (Emergency Operations Centre (EOC)), regional (Emergency Coordination Centre (ECC)) and national (National Crisis Management Centre (NCMC)) levels.
Each course will have an assessment participants will need to complete before they can progress to the next level.
The first level is the ‘ITF Foundation Course’. This is a four-hour interactive training session that introduces the CIMS principles, structure and terminology, as well as the context of civil defence emergencies.
This basic course is designed for anyone who may work in a coordination centre, including support staff.
On successful completion of the ITF Foundation Course, participants can be credited with unit standard 17279 Demonstrate knowledge of the coordinated incident management system (CIMS).
The second level is the ‘ITF Intermediate Course’. This is a two-day interactive training session that introduces participants to how the CIMS is used within a coordination centre and some of the processes and procedures involved.
Successful completion of the ITF Intermediate Course will allow participants to work under supervision in a coordination centre.
Qualification on the ITF Intermediate Course is a pre-requisite for attendance on courses at the next level.
The third level is the ‘ITF Advanced’ suite of courses. These courses offer a number of development opportunities that are tailored to each CIMS function within a coordination centre. The courses vary in duration depending on the CIMS function, however all are interactive and encourage the participant to learn through practical exercises and scenarios.
Successful completion of the ITF Advanced courses relevant to an individual’s role will allow them be work unsupervised in a coordination centre. Some may also qualify to act in a leadership role.
The ITF Advanced courses are:
The fourth level is the leadership course currently being developed. This will be targeted at those that will go on to act as a Section Manager or in another leadership role such as Response Manager.
Contact your Integrated Training Framework (ITF) Regional Champion for further information.
If you’re not sure who your Champion is, contact the MCDEM Capability Development team MCDEMCapDev@dpmc.govt.nz