Information for public safety groups, first responders (Police, Fire, and EMS), and emergency management staff (including Community Emergency Response Team members [CERT])

Programs

Program Structure

 

The Forage Center can provide programs of varying lengths, ranging from our full four day Coastal Promise Exercise to a two-day introductory exercise to a half-day topical workshop. Our rates are variable and depend upon the length of the program, the number of staff and agency participants, and travel costs. 

Four Day Coastal Promise Exercise

As a program for first responders, emergency agency staff members, and public safety volunteers, the four-day Coastal Promise Exercise is designed as a full-functional exercise. In this exercise, participants will role-play as members of a humanitarian organization who have been deployed to a foreign country impacted by simultaneous community crisis and natural disaster (a complex emergency). Participants will receive briefings about humanitarian practice, safety basics, and WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) standards. Participants will hold meetings with role-players who represent key stakeholders in a community in crisis. Prior to the exercise, participants will receive a reading list and briefing package. It is expected participants have completed introductory work prior to the exercise, either in the context of educational background, or through their own volunteer or professional experience.

Day 1:
Arrival to Exercise site
Start of Role-Play Scenario
Safety Briefings
 
Day 2:
Humanitarian Practice and Negotiation Training
Role-Play Scenario Objective Building
Real-time Planning of Role-Play Scenario response
Real-time Role-Play meetings with scenario community stakeholders
 
Day 3:
Real-time Planning of Role-Play Scenario response
Real-time Role-Play meetings with scenario community stakeholders
 
Day 4:
End to Role-Play Scenario and Evaluation
“Hot-Wash” and Reflection Discussion
Advanced Humanitarian Practice and Peacebuilding Training

 

Two Day Introductory Exercise

The two-day (~18 working hour) introductory exercise is usually incorporated into a larger seminar or learning experience, and is designed to provide participants with a limited “look” at challenges to humanitarian response. Participants who take part in the two-day exercise can also participate in the four-day exercise at a future time - the two exercises are designed to scaffold learning if participants take part in each. As a professional development program, the two-day introductory exercise is designed for first responders, staff members, or public safety volunteers with all levels of experience.

Day 1:


Arrival to Exercise site
Start of Role-Play Scenario
Safety Briefings
Humanitarian Practice and Negotiation Training
Role-Play Scenario Objective Building

Day 2:
Real-time Planning of Role-Play Scenario response
Real-time Role-Play meetings with scenario community stakeholders
End to Role-Play Scenario and Evaluation
“Hot-Wash” and Reflection Discussion
Advanced Humanitarian Practice and Peacebuilding Training

Half Day Topical Workshops

The half-day workshops are generally 3-4 hours long (depending on scheduling) and are topical in nature - negotiation, for example, or implementation of humanitarian principles. These “tabletop”-type workshops generally include a lecture introducing the topic, paired with one or more experiential group-based activities designed to give participants practice in applying concepts. The workshops can be used for any level of professional development for first responders, emergency agency staff members, and public safety volunteers.

©2018 by the Forage Center for Peacebuilding and Humanitarian Education, Inc.