The Department of Emergency Management occasionally offers Emergency Medical Technician - Basic (EMT-B) certification courses and CPR certification courses. For class schedules and information, see the Emergency Medical Services page.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers free online training in the area of emergency response. Links to all free online FEMA classes can be found here.

There are four basic FEMA courses that serve as an introduction to the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the Incident Command System (ICS).

They are:

IS-700.B An Introduction to the National Incident Management System

IS-800.D National Response Framework, An Introduction

IS-100.C Introduction to the Incident Command System

IS-200.C Basic Incident Command System for Initial Response

NIMS is a national directive to enhance emergency response coordination across the nation. It is the basis for ICS, which is the framework that is used to respond to emergencies.

The University of Minnesota has adopted NIMS as its method for incident management. View the policy here.


The Department of Emergency Management coordinates and participants in exercises each year. These exercises vary in scope and complexity and involve internal, as well as external, partners at the University of Minnesota. The exercises can range from table top discussions to full-scale exercises. This video highlights the various types of exercises and preparedness carried out at the University of Minnesota campuses across the state.