Florida Emergency Preparedness Association
FEPA Conducts 2014 Intermediate Academy
The FEPA 2014 Intermediate Academy was conducted February 23 - March 1, 2014 at the Manatee County EOC in Bradenton, Florida. Twenty-three Academy "cadets" took part in an intensive week of training, exercises and field activities under the unique FEPA Academy format. The week of activities culminated with a Graduation ceremony on Saturday, March 1, 2014 where students were presented with their training certificates for 3 FEMA Advanced Professional Seriers Courses as well as an overall Certificate of Achievement.
At the Intemediate Academy, students train, exercise, bunk, eat and learn from each other in a format that mimics an emergency deployment to a county Emergency Operations Center. Working in teams, the students refresh their knowledge and skills of the Incident Command System and get to apply them through presentations, briefings and exericse simulations. A cadre of 16 subject matter experts, working with able FEPA Academy Program Manager, Billy Abernathy, served as Academy trainers, presenters and facilitators throughout the week and shared not only their knowledge of emergency management but also their practical experiences with emergency events and deployments.
FEPA thanks Manatee County Emergency Management for hosting the 2014 Intermediate Academy, all the Academy instructors and facilitators and Billy Abernathy for his unreplaceable ability to organize and deliver the Academy in a way that makes it both professional and fun! Please read the attached testimonies from the Intermediate Academy Class of 2014 that describe their experiences.