20. Coffee Break Training

The United States Fire Administration (USFA), a part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), offers weekly one page education documents they call Coffee Break Training. Coffee break Trainings are short so that firefighters and emergency medical service providers at busy departments can study them in the intervals between runs.

Recently one topic of three recent trainings has been Understanding Geospatial Information. During disasters geospatial information is part of what us old timers used to call Damage Assessment or Disaster Assessment, which is now more often referred to as Situational Awareness.

Anyway, if you would like to learn some basic geospatial information terms and concepts, or a variety of other fire and EMS topics, go to the Coffee Break Training website at www.usfa.fema.gov/training/coffee_break/ . Note that fire and EMS staff may also earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) at this location as well.