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Disaster Training, Operations, & Support

2013 COURSE CATALOG


Dear Prospective Student, Welcome to Argus University “The Global Institute for Security and Special Studies.” Argus University is part of the Argus International Risk Services family of companies which includes Argus of Virginia, a certified Veteran Owned Small Business, and Argus of Florida, a selfcertified Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business. Our training facility delivers some of the most widely sought after courses related to security, logistics, disaster preparedness and management, and a host of specialty designed courses for diversified global customers. Argus University provides proven excellence across a range of training mediums. Argus supports training, evaluation and organizational skills validation from table-top to full-scale exercises. Our subject matter experts incorporate concepts from the National Response Plan (NRP), the National Incident Management System (NIMS), the National Preparedness Goal, the Universal Task List (UTL), the Target Capabilities List (TCL), existing exercise programs, prevention and response protocols from all levels of government. Our SME’s draw decades of real-world experience from emergency management, law-enforcement and military logistics, sustainment and force protection operations to understand all elements required of Full Spectrum Threat Response plans. Argus University SME’s are qualified to train and manage operations for a Chemical, Ordnance, Biological, and Radiological Training Facility with courses meeting CERP standards for first responder professional development. With a 98,000 square foot facility in Orlando, Florida, remote affiliate facilities and Mobile Training Teams, our experience spans a range resident and non-resident training programs with an understanding of logistical support requirements to deliver quality, consistent programs under challenging conditions. Our experience includes preparatory study and course work delivered to students electronically prior to arrival at the facility. Argus differentiates itself from other training organizations through the quality of our training material and the detailed qualification process to become part of our esteemed instructor cadre. Within AU, each instructor has served a minimum of 10 years in their training discipline, has advanced education degrees, and recent experience thresholds must have been within five years of instruction in order for their knowledge to be relevant to current global threats and training environments. Our train-the-trainer process is focused on instructor standardization and skills development to ensure curriculum and contract compliance and to maximize student learning. Instructors are hand-picked from a pool of experts within their respective fields. Internal program management procedures quantify and trend actual to projected performance scores to identify remedial training or educational support needs during the course to meet all training standards defined by DHS and the CDP curriculum. What differentiates us Argus University is that our training cadre are concurrently and successfully operating in conflict and crisis regions with first-hand experience in emergency response operations. On behalf of Team Argus, we look forward to the opportunity to support your training requirements and better prepare international communities first responders. Sincerely, Robert “Mac” McLaughlin Director of Argus University Training Center

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Materials: Includes course manual, color & embossed certificate & free event shirt) Duration: 8 + hours Student Course Enrollment: **OPEN ENROLLMENT**

The purpose of this basic level Disaster Sevices course is to introduce the critical role of Disaster Assessment, explore related preparedness tasks, learn how to collect and communicate disaster assessment information, and become familiar with how disaster assessment information supports management and service delivery decisions. LEARNING OBJECTIVES

The Instructors use an even mix of classroom presentation including debriefing incidents they were personally involved in, to include role playing. As a result of this training, participants will be able to: 

Identify the benefits and criticality of providing disaster assessment information during the early stages of disaster response.

Identify, collect and communicate disaster assessment information that enables the work of Disaster Services Human Resources (DSHR) groups and activities.

Apply concepts of the information process that support management and service delivery decisions.

Identify damage classifications by dwelling type.

Determine the method of data collection based on size and scope of the disaster.

Identify strategies and resources to ensure collection of accurate disaster assessment information.

Define actions that can be undertaken during readiness that will enable a chapter to conduct timely, effective and efficient disaster assessments.

Explain the importance of identifying and developing relationships with external resources before a disaster occurs and reasons to activate connections to those resources following a disaster.

Identify and demonstrate the characteristics of an effective Disaster Assessment worker that maximize the results Disaster Assessment generates for its customers.


Materials: Includes course manual, color & embossed certificate & free event shirt) Duration: 8 + hours Student Course Enrollment: **OPEN ENROLLMENT**

The purpose of this Disaster Response course is to introduce the critical role of Disaster Response, and explore related response tasks, Writing the disaster response plan, coordinating response teams, implementing the disaster plan, after response reviews and lessons learned. LEARNING OBJECTIVES

The Instructors use an even mix of classroom presentation including debriefing incidents they were personally involved in, to include role playing. As a result of this training, participants will be able to or have knowledge of: 

Develop and execute disaster response strategies

Learn to identify and mitigate stress points while responding to disasters

Managing multiple response partners and volunteers in mass casualty incident

Public Relations (dealing with the family members and others concerned for disaster victims)

Identify critical plan deficiencies and contingency plan awareness and execution

Train the Trainer (working with domestic and foreign personnel)

Cultural diversity, protocol, and country immersion during disaster response

Evaluation of plan effectiveness and assessment of lessons learned


Materials: Includes course manual, color & embossed certificate & free event shirt) Duration: 8 + hours Student Course Enrollment: **OPEN ENROLLMENT**

The purpose of the Logistics course is to introduce the critical role of supply chain management in Disaster Response, and explore related logistics management supply, import/ export concerns, country customs, asset protection, marshaling, deployment, and resupply. During a disaster, your team only remains effective if it can support the operational response. Supply Chain Management is critical to operational success. Without an effective logistics program, disaster response could be stopped in its tracks. LEARNING OBJECTIVES

The Instructors use an even mix of classroom presentation including debriefing incidents they were personally involved in, to include role playing. As a result of this training, participants will be able to: 

Develop checklists of necessary project resources

Source and verify third-party providers on foreign soil

Learn strategies to resource share with other response organizations

Develop processes for expedited shipping and import controls under crisis situations

Manage supply security and force protection measures

Proper labeling, handling and storage of essential items

Role-playing to develop quick thinking skills under stress

Identify critical plan deficiencies and contingency plan awareness and execution

Cost considerations and overcoming cultural and communication challenges


Materials: Includes course manual, color & embossed certificate & free event shirt) Duration: 8 + hours Student Course Enrollment: **OPEN ENROLLMENT**

The purpose of this Biological & Disease Hazards course is to introduce the student to realistic concerns dealing with biological disease hazards while responding to disaster events involving wounded or deceased humans or animals. The course is designed to provide awareness to biological concerns, prepare the responder to deal with the impact of such hazards, and mitigate the opportunity for further contamination. The course is taught by senior medical community officials from leading infectious disease institutes. The student will learn a wide-array of information relative to reducing or eliminating the realistic possibility of self or community contamination. The Instructors use an even mix of classroom presentation including debriefing incidents they were personally involved in, to include role playing. As a result of this training, participants will be able to: 

Identify types of diseases associated with disaster response regions

Warning Signs

Protective clothing and gear

Reporting requirements of identified contamination

Physical and mental considerations dealing with decomposing biological hazards

Benefits of immunizations before responding to disasters

Regional considerations & medical evacuation

How to manage biological hazards to mitigate outbreaks under severe conditions


Materials: Includes course manual, color & embossed certificate & free event shirt) Duration: 8 + hours Student Course Enrollment: **OPEN ENROLLMENT**

Responding to natural or manmade disasters requires exceptional organizational and team building skills. Arriving on sceis where the rubber meets the road and all the training comes life under highly stressful situations. One of the first duties of an emergency response team is develop Basecamp Operations which will act as the heartbeat the disaster response plan. Building a sustainable basecamp requires specialized skills first setup and then resupply under austere conditions.

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The purpose of this Base Camp Course is to transfer skills necessary to identify and implement on the ground basecamp solutions under disaster response conditions. The student will learn the elements necessary for successful basecamps in support of mass incident response. As a result of this training, participants will be able to address primary issues surrounding basecamp development; 

Billeting

Food Services

Hygiene (Show and Restroom Facilities)

Laundry Facility and Services

Medical Care

Recreation

Security and Safety

Administration Support

Communications

Public Relations

Training and Exercises

Emergency Evacuation


Materials: Includes course manual, color & embossed certificate & free event shirt) Duration: 8 + hours Student Course Enrollment: **OPEN ENROLLMENT**

The Search & Rescue (SAR) element of most disasters is a period of extreme event chaos. With a critical time approach to life-safety, SAR requires superior organizational skills merged with tireless technical expertise and physical capacity to save lives. Our training will immerse the student into the world of SAR from a disaster planning and response viewpoint. Establishing protocols upfront can determine the “minutes” between a victim living or not. Explained in a no-nonsense manner based off of lessons learned from such horrific events as the Oklahoma City Bombing, Haiti Earthquake, and 9/11, the SAR course will arm first responders with the knowledge efficiently respond to SAR events and save lives. As a result of this training, participants will be able to address primary issues surrounding Search & Rescue operations; 

Incident Stress

Ground and Field Team Assembly & Deployment

Field Hygiene & Sanitation

Heat, Cold, and Burn Injuries

Helicopter Operations

Man-tracking

Ground Team Equipment

Line Search Techniques

Land Navigation

Night Navigation

Missing Person Characteristics

Operational Risk Management

Technology in Search Situations

Search Management

Communications

Personnel Security

Knots & Ropes

Canine Usage

Public Relations

First Responder Medical

ADF Usage

Communications

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