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Dennis Tomcik, Branch Chief
The Field Operations, Training & Exercise Branch primarily provides support to county emergency management offices. The branch is split into two sections: the Field Operations section and the Training and Exercise section.
The Field Operations section provides liaison between the state and 88 local emergency management agencies during local and state level emergencies. The section contains nine field liaison representatives, each who conducts business and provides assistance to nine or 10 county emergency management agencies.
This section participates in county and state level exercises and conducts a variety of emergency preparedness training to emergency responders. The Field Operations staff also provides technical assistance to public officials regarding emergency management programs and types of available assistance and/or resources.
The Training & Exercise section is responsible for the development of an annual emergency management training program and conducts central and outreach courses. The section coordinates training courses to educate state and local EMA staff, volunteer workers and private industry personnel on emergency management procedures, issues, and response actions. The section also coordinates training facilities and maintains state and local training records.
This section conducts or assists with the development and evaluation of state and local exercises to test emergency operations plans (EOPs) with the Field Operations section. Training & Exercise also instructs FEMA's exercise design and evaluation courses for state and local EMA staff and industry personnel.