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25 Persons Complete M-410 Facilitative Instructor Course to assist in properly managing emergencies

25 Persons Complete M-410 Facilitative Instructor Course to assist in properly managing emergencies

NASSAU, The Bahamas – The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in collaboration with the United States Forest Service of the US Department of Agriculture, and United States Northern Command held an M-410 Facilitative Instructor course to provide facilitative instructor training, applicable to assisting with disaster scenarios.  The one-week course, conducted at the National Training Agency, concluded on October 7, 2022. 

The focus was sustainability and resiliency, with the objective of properly managing disasters, while protecting natural resources.

The 25 participants comprised professionals from a cross-section of agencies, including the Royal Bahamas Police Force and the Royal Bahamas Defence Force.

Acting Director of NEMA, Gayle Outten-Moncur, said that these types of training courses are aimed at building capacity to ensure the proper management of disasters.

“When we look at capacity building through instruction, these courses are designed to train adult students on how to properly manage emergencies or disaster events throughout the country,” she said. “This is yet another step that the government has taken in order to increase capacity in disaster risk management.” 

She said that the management team at NEMA were happy to participate in these types of collaborations with international partners, and looked forward to facilitating more of these short-term courses, which will be beneficial to the country.

Project Specialist for Latin America, the Caribbean and Canada, of the United States Forest Service Amos Montreuil Jean said he was pleased the course focused on the adaptation and preparation phases of disaster management, which are key areas for effective disaster management.  He said that plans are underway for more partnerships with NEMA in the future.

In addition to completion certificates, the participants were awarded the NWCG Training Course Certificate, which is recognized in both The Bahamas and the United States. 

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