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Training for Regional Collaboration (TReC)

7/1/13 Update: With the expiration of the IAFC's cooperative agreement with FEMA the program is temporarily closed as is the TReC Resource Center. The IAFC is continuing to look for options for future funding opportunities to provide this important training.

Past national emergencies have proven that collaboration between first responders is an essential component to providing efficient and effective delivery of public safety services. TReC is a training program developed to educate first responders on the importance of working together to build partnerships, utilize resources and create comprehensive preparedness strategies.

TReC was originally funded by DHS/FEMA’s National Training & Education Division (NTED). In 2013 there were 20 training deliveries throughout the country and at least one in each FEMA region

Training sessions were delivered in the following areas:

  • Ames, IA
  • Brighton, MI
  • Centralia, WA
  • Dallas, TX
  • Fort Knox, KY
  • Kansas City, MO
  • Kenner, LA
  • Monterey, CA
  • Mystic, CT
  • Reno, NV
  • Rockland County, NY
  • Salem, OR
  • Smyrna, TN
  • Stafford, VA
  • Summit, NJ
  • Tucson, AZ
  • Vail, CO
  • West Lebanon, NH
  • West Valley, UT
  • Wheeling, IL

The program brings together an audience of mid-and-senior level decision makers from multiple disciplines, including:

  • Emergency Management
  • Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
  • Fire
  • Law Enforcement
  • Public Health
  • Public Works
  • School Systems
  • Private Sector
  • Non-profit, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)

Training Process

To maximize participant’s training time, TReC uses an innovative blended learning program, which combines web-based training, baseline collaboration data gathering (BCDG) and instructor-led training.

The BCDG is based on the Terrorism Response: A Checklist and Guide for Fire Chiefs and Community Preparedness Leaders, 3rd Edition.

Training objectives include:

  • Understanding the importance of collaboration & successful collaborative techniques
  • Comparing & contrasting response disciplines
  • Identifying resource management strategies
  • Developing an action plan and identifying next steps




FEMA Regional Map

More on the Checklist and Guide


The Art of Collaboration

Preparedness Checklist and Guide Gets Update and Expansion

TReC's Training for Regional Collaboration


Melissa Hebert, Program Manager

Jennifer Dietz, Program Coordinator

Program Partners

Texas A&M University, Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX)

Debonair, Inc.

IAFC Terrorism and Homeland Security Committee