Emergency Management and Homeland Security Training Center (EMHSTC)

The Emergency Management & Homeland Security Training Center (EMHSTC), constructed in 1991 through a partnership with private industry, provides an ever-expanding and comprehensive program of cost-effective training for public and private sector agencies responsible for hazardous materials planning, response, and recovery, including cleanup operations.  Specialized and technical rescue programs are part of the Center curriculum offerings making the facility an integral part of Michigan's effort at being a national leader in emergency training for hazardous materials, technical rescue, and terrorism planning, response, and recovery efforts.

Thousands of students have passed through our doors and benefited from some of the best emergency services and disaster preparedness training available.  Through the dedicated efforts of EMHSTC staff, we have been visited by professionals from as far away as Brazil, South Africa, South Korea, Panama, and Australia.

Courses are conducted at the Center’s four-acre site near Lansing, Michigan.  Due to the extensive hands-on nature of many of these programs, the EMHSTC utilizes a variety of training and simulation aids including railroad cars, highway tank trailers, above/below ground storage tanks, confined spaces, and personal protective clothing and equipment all intended to provide a realistic training environment.  Instructors are drawn from both the public and private sector with an emphasis on individuals possessing both practical and technical expertise in the subject areas to be taught.  Upon successful completion of a course, students are issued a Michigan State Police certificate of attendance.

Courses and workshops are developed to meet or exceed the variety of planning and training requirements and recommendations of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), MIOSHA, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS) Division of EMS and Trauma, and others.  When appropriate and applicable, programs will also reference National Incident Management System (NIMS) compliance requirements as well as any identified in the National Response Framework (NRF).  For example, our revamped 80-hour Hazardous Materials Technician course meets the requirements of NFPA 1072, Standard for Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Emergency Response Personnel Professional Qualifications, 2017, Chapter 7, Technician and is Pro Board® certified.  This course also meets Technician Level requirements in OSHA Title 29 CFR 1910.120 (HAZWOPER), NFPA 472 is referenced where appropriate, and HMEP guidelines for public sector hazardous materials training.  For those in the private sector, with responsibilities of hazardous waste site clean-up operations, we provide the Hazardous Materials Incident Response Operations EPA 165.5 (40-Hour HAZWOPER) course which is based on HAZWOPER 1910.120 and provide the annual 8-Hour HAZWOPER Refresher course.

The EMHSTC firmly believes our primary mission is to raise the professional standing of the field of hazardous materials planning, mitigation, response, and recovery by providing leadership and coordination through instructional programs and other skill enhancement opportunities.  Becoming a hazardous material "professional" is for anyone with a commitment to both personal and system development.  We are confident our programs will provide the opportunity for individuals to reach a higher level of competency and leadership capability in their chosen field and improve the organizations to which they belong.

By request, the majority of our courses can be brought to your facility.  If you have any questions regarding EMHSTC programs, please contact us at 517-284-3821 or EMHSTC@michigan.gov.  We look forward to serving your specialized training needs.