Maine Basic Emergency Manager Training Program

Maine Basic Emergency Manager (BEM) is a program that is intended to provide a "basic training" curriculum for local EMA Directors or those that aspire to enter the field of Emergency Management. This training is a combination of online and classroom courses and workshops. Upon completion of each level the respective County Emergency Manager will recognize the student with a completion certificate from the Maine Emergency Management County Director's Council.

Course Instruction

Independent Study Courses

Instruction provided at no cost and done online through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

G Level Courses

Classroom or combination online/group sessions provided by the respective County Emergency Management Agency

County Workshop

In person workshops provided by the respective County Emergency Management Agency


  1. Student completes all required training courses as listed on curriculum guidance and requests recognition from County EMA Director.
  2. County EMA Director reviews student checklist and verifies completion of level.
  3. County EMA Director provides appropriate level of recognition, including certificate, and passes information onto the Maine Emergency Management County Directors Council (MEMCDC) professional development chairperson to be entered into the statewide database, managed by the council. 
  4. Only when these benchmarks have been met would the student then be able to use the credentials of MBEM or MBEM-2. The MEMCDC is in the process of obtaining a service-mark for these credentials to ensure this. 

Current Recognized Local Emergency Managers (XLS) 

Level 1 – Director Orientation
Independent Study
IS 559 Local Damage Assessment
IS 700 Introduction to NIMS
IS 100 Introduction to Incident Command System
IS 230 Fundamentals of Emergency Management
IS 800 National Response Framework
Interactive Training
County Workshop Emergency Operations & Reporting
County Workshop Damage Assessment & Reporting
Level 2 – Practical Application
Classroom or Combo Online/Group Session

IS 2200


G 191

Basic EOC Function AND participation in actual event/exercise at county level EOC activation


ICS/EOC Interface

IS 235


G 235


Emergency Planning WITH copy of a written Emergency Operations Plan


Emergency Planning with a copy of written Emergency Operations Plan


IS 120 Introduction to Exercises or HSEEP (preferred) AND participation in an exercise
IS 703 NIMS Resource Management
Interactive Training
County Workshop Disaster Recovery
County Workshop SERC/LEPC Overview