For more information or to register please contact Chris Farrand, Regional EDS Director,

EDS Training Course Descriptions 

Introduction to The Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services

The gateway course to The Salvation Army’s disaster training program, Introduction to The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services, is required for all disaster workers. The course offers an overview of The Salvation Army's mission, the services it provides during a disaster, and prepares participants for their first disaster assignment, describing everything from packing to travel to self-care. This course is available in both a classroom and an online self-study version and is a prerequisite for most other Salvation Army disaster training courses.

Primary Audience  New disaster workers just beginning work with The Salvation Army.

Course Length  4 Hours


The Salvation Army EDS Incident Command System

This course provides a general orientation to the Incident Command System (ICS), an organizational management tool used by The Salvation Army and many other disaster relief agencies, to command, control, and coordinate emergency operations. The course covers the nine core ICS functions and management principles. Participants will be asked to apply what they have learned, using ICS to coordinate a response operation to an expanding disaster incident and in a culminating table-top exercise. ICS is a prerequisite for all advanced level Salvation Army disaster training.

Primary Audience All disaster workers assigned to a leadership position, or who desire to learn more about operations within a Salvation Army disaster response.


Prerequisites   ‘Intro to The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services’

Course Length  8 Hours


ServSafe Food Handler

This course introduces participants to the basics of safe food handling. The course explains how food can become unsafe through time-temperature abuse, cross-contamination, and improper cleaning and sanitizing, and emphasizes the importance good personal hygiene plays in limiting the spread of dangerous pathogens.

Primary Audience All disaster workers involved in food service or preparation.

Course Length  3 Hours

  • Cost of 20.00 per participant includes manual and national certification upon completion


ServSafe Manager

This course teaches food service managers about the dangers of foodborne illness, how to prevent it, and the keys to food safety. The course also covers specifics on how to safely receive, store, prepare, cool, heat, and serve food, emphasizing active managerial control as a critical component in reducing the risk of a foodborne illness outbreak. To receive credit for this course, participants must pass an multiple choice examination, administered in accordance with national ServSafe® standards.

Primary Audience Supervisors of Operations, mobile canteens and kitchens, and others in food service management.

Course Length  8 Hours Classroom with exam, studying before hand essential to pass

** Cost:  Student will need to purchase ServSafe exam form (40.00) and 25.00 for the course. Recommended to also purchase ServSafe study book


CPR, First Aid and AED for Adults and Pediatrics



Designed to meet national standards for pediatric and adult first aid, CPR and AED training. Covers CPR, AED and first aid for the workplace, schools, child care providers, youth sports coaches and individuals who need to know how to respond to medical emergencies

Primary Audience- Anyone desiring basic training and national certification (good for 2 yrs upon completion)

Course Length 3 hours

** Cost of 25.00 per person includes manual, certification card, and protective mouth shield


Essentials of Emotional and Spiritual Care  (Psychological First Aid for Faith Based Responders)


Description This course looks to define and train the EDS volunteer with practical tools to provide basic emotional and spiritual care including Psychological First Aid. Also explores appropriate disaster spiritual care, tools to support other volunteers, the ‘Ministry of Presence’, intervention tools, and ‘what to say and not say’ observing the ‘do no harm’ model of response. 

Primary Audience: Anyone who will be interacting with and supporting disaster survivors

Course Length: 8 hours


Applications of Emotional and Spiritual Care  (Advanced Disaster Chaplaincy)

The material includes higher level theoretical and practical information that will provide knowledge and understanding needed to perform in this role. That information is balanced by exercises, role plays and group discussion to enhance the participants level of experience, which in turn should create a greater sense of confidence and poise when interacting with those in need. Also, included as part of the two day course is time for reflection to strengthen your inner depth and power, as we consider thoughts, attitudes, biases and various beliefs that may impact your capacity to serve in an advanced ESC role.

Prerequisites   ‘Intro to The Salvation Army EDS’ and ‘Essentials of Emotional and Spiritual Care’

Course Length  16 Hours


Emergency Assistance in Disaster Operations

This introductory disaster social services course is designed to train participants to serve as casework specialists on a Salvation Army disaster relief operation. The course will cover the basics of casework, covering practical skills such as interviewing clients, completing registration forms, and determining eligibility for assistance. The course culminates in a role-playing exercise where participants will play the roles of caseworkers and clients meeting within a disaster assistance center.

Primary Audience   Disaster and social services workers interested in serving in the casework component of a disaster relief operation.

Prerequisites   Intro to The Salvation Army EDS

Course Length  8 Hours


Aiming High in the Workplace


The purpose of this course is to educate the participant to some of the various aspects of stress and how to manage stress in the workplace.  There are some basic tools and tips for dealing with stressful situations, and suggestions on how to provide support for others who may require encouragement in a difficult environment.  The final section deals with self-care and ways to protect yourself from the harmful effects of stress and burnout.

Primary Audience Anyone desiring to better manage workplace stress, conflict resolution and how to care for themselves and others in this enviroment

Prerequisites  None

Course Length  4 hours


Preparing Your Congregation for Disaster

Designed for Christian leaders, this course is designed for churches and other faith-based organizations looking to start a disaster preparedness and response program. The course reviews key concepts in emergency management. It also examines the responsibility of faith-based organizations in preparing their members and facilities for an emergency and how to effectively develop a disaster response plan to serve others.

Primary Audience  Christian faith leaders -- outside of The Salvation Army -- interested in preparing their church and congregation for a disaster.

Course Length   8 Hours