Located 2,600 miles southwest of Hawaii, the National Park of American Samoa is the most remote unit of the National Park System and the U.S. National Park south of the Equator. The Park spreads across three islands, 9,500 acres of tropical rainforest, and 4,000 acres of ocean, including coral reefs. While remote, the islands of American Samoa, true to the meaning of the word Samoa (Islands of Sacred Earth), are welcoming and offer beautiful landscapes and centuries of culture and history.
Seasoned backpacker and adventurer Yang Lu earned the grand prize in the 2015 Share the Experience photo contest with this image of a sunburst captured at sunrise in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah. Yang has made the outdoors part of his daily life and finds deep connection to the land through his lens.
“My photography is not just for recreation, it is to inspire people to explore these areas." -- Yang Lu
Photo by Yang Lu (www.sharetheexperience.org).
The plantings of cherry trees originated in 1912 as a gift of friendship to the People of the United States from the People of Japan. In Japan, the flowering cherry tree, or "Sakura," is an exalted flowering plant. The beauty of the cherry blossom is a potent symbol equated with the evanescence of human life and epitomizes the transformation of Japanese culture throughout the ages.
In addition to ICS qualifications, many DOI incidents also require personnel with highly specialized skills gained through educational degree programs such as Biologists or Architectural Conservators, or who meet industry training standards such as Arborists or Boat Operators. In many cases, these personnel may perform the same duties during an incident that they perform in their regular job. The IPQG contains the incident qualification requirements for many of these "technical specialists."
If you are interested in becoming an emergency responder for the Department, you are encouraged to start by taking basic Incident Command System (ICS) courses and checking with your Bureau or Office Emergency Coordinator.
DOI Sponsored Advanced ICS Training
Advanced Incident Command System (ICS) courses are offered by the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) throughout the year. This includes the course entitled: "H-337: Command and General Staff Functions for Local Incident Management Teams" which covers ICS-300 and ICS-400 training requirements. The course provides training for DOI employees who may serve on local incident management teams in command and general staff positions, which may involve a large number of local and/ormutual aid resources. This course continues to ensure that DOI meets the requirement to respond to emergenciesusing NIMS standards as determined by
Emergency Management Policy Guidance Bulletin 2007-1: NIMS Training Requirements. Updated links to those training requirements sites are here.
Available training opportunities for H337 include the following:
Additional training courses will be added as they become available. If you would like to sponsor an offering of H337 at your location, please contact the Preparedness and Response Division at: 202-513-0894 for details.
For additional information about training opportunities and getting involved with DOI emergency response efforts, please contact your bureau/office'sEmergency Management Coordinatoror the Office of Emergency Management's Preparedness and Response Division at: 202-208-5673.