Twenty-one staff from the Saipan Mayor’s Office passed a two-day FEMA Incident Command System course that was held on Aug. 8 and 9 at the mayor’s office in Oleai.
Operations assistant and training coordinator Joann Aquino said 21 mayor’s staff are now certified disaster responders after successfully hurdling the “Introduction to the Incident Command System.”
The 21 are made up of operations’ Antonio Aquino, Leonardo Babauta, Ramon Bermudes, Michael Cruz, Donald Crisostomo, Ernest Kanai, Danny Kintol, Antonieto Mateo, Markus Ngiraidong, Wayne Sanchez, Jesse C. Taitano, Gregorio Tebit, Vicente Tenorio, Michael Tomakane, Joseph Villagomez, and Aquino, administration’s Kaisha Nepaial and Lorraine Pangelinan, and dog control’s Vincent Deleon Guerrero and Isaiah Lizama.
The introductory course on the Incident Command System provides the foundation for higher-level ICS training. The course described the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the Incident Command System. It also explained the relationship between the ICS and National Incident Management System.
Aquino said that 16 mayor’s employees who are not certified yet were either too busy to take part in the course or attended the course but have yet to take the exam, which was under time constraints, with examinees given only 20 minutes to answer all the questions.
Among the disaster scenarios responders have to respond to, according to Aquino, are typhoons, floods, earthquakes, tsunami, chemical and biological attacks, rampage shooters, among others.
With the certification of 21 of its staff, the mayor’s office, under Saipan Mayor Donald Flores, can now take part in the periodic KONFITMA exercise conducted islandwide.
KONFITMA is a partnership between the CNMI and the U.S. Department of Defense, and various agencies to test the response capabilities of law enforcers and many agencies.
Aside from the 21 who hurdled the basic course, 16 also took part and passed the ICS for Singles Resources and Initial Action Incident, which was designed to enable personnel to operate efficiently during an incident or event within the ICS. The course (ICS 200) essentially provides training on and resources for personnel who are likely to assume a supervisory position with the ICS.
Those who passed the ICS 200 are Aquino, Aguon, Babauta, Bermudes, Cruz, Crisostomo, Deleon Guerrero, Kintol, Lizama, Mateo, Nepaial, Santos, Sanchez, Tebit, Tenorio, Tomokane, Villagomez, and Pangelinan.