Quote from: Eclipse on January 05, 2021, 07:33:46 pmQuote from: NIN on January 05, 2021, 05:58:39 pmIts not like the CAP Mobile Training Team got the authorization to do these ICS courses online from FEMA and immediately dropped in to "CAP-only" mode. The majority of the people they have teaching this stuff teach at their local or state EM trainings (Non-CAP) and learned ICS "someplace else."
I'm gonna have to throw the "your mileage may vary flag on this".
Yes, there's likely plenty of CAP folks who are EM Manages and related instructors who can offer the ICS classes
to a CAP-only audience with a more benevolent schedule, but in these parts there are a number of CAP-only
folks who went through the trainer process explicitly to do CAP-Only classes, and you would not want them
in front of CAP people, let alone LEOs, Fire guys, etc.
Quote from: NIN on January 05, 2021, 05:58:39 pmIts not like the CAP Mobile Training Team got the authorization to do these ICS courses online from FEMA and immediately dropped in to "CAP-only" mode. The majority of the people they have teaching this stuff teach at their local or state EM trainings (Non-CAP) and learned ICS "someplace else."
Quote from: Stonewall on January 04, 2021, 04:52:06 pmQuote from: TheSkyHornet on January 04, 2021, 04:38:24 pmHeck, I can't even get into an ICS-300 because I don't take Ground Team training seriously enough for the Gods of the Auxiliary. New faces need not apply.
You're doing it wrong.
If you do a "CAP ICS-300" then you're likely only going to get CAP's vast experience and knowledge on the Incident Command System.
I 100% believe there is a huge benefit to taking these types of courses outside of CAP if you can. They're free and the only thing you need is the prerequisites (100, 200, 700, 800).
The wealth of knowledge and experience from the instructor(s) was impressive. These people had been there, done that. From Hurricane Katrina to floods and earthquakes. This isn't to say the CAP-led ICS courses aren't valuable, but I expect you'll get a single perspective when everyone is from the same organization.
Quote from: Eclipse on January 04, 2021, 03:17:17 pmHam was long ago relegated to "hey, that's pretty cool" levels, along with CB radio. If you make it harder to
participate, casual users will just disengage "OK, screw it, I'll just call Australia on the Skype for free...", and you'll never get more "experts".
Quote from: undefinedThe way you grow the community is that you make the entry barriers as low as possible, which will include a lot of unwashed casual users who just want to play once in a while.