The mission of the Institute of Emergency Services and Homeland Security (IESHS) is to support emergency services delivery and national security through excellence and innovation in education, training, and research. The institute's main area of emphasis is in the First Responder domain, especially Prevention, Preparedness, and Mitigation and is concentrated in (but not exclusively limited to) three specific platforms:  

  • Academic Development 
  • Specialized Program Development 
  • Emergency Services Staff and Command Development.  

The range of related activities involved in this organization allows for a functional synergy not readily available anywhere in the United States. The Institute of Emergency Services and Homeland Security aligns with Utah Valley University's published Academic Strategic Plan, including, 

  • Fit the mission and role of Utah Valley University as a comprehensive associate, baccalaureate-granting institution 
  • Have a sufficient student and market demand 
  • Consider the impact on other programs at Utah Valley University and Utah State Higher Education 
  • Fill a unique niche or opportunity 

Advisory Board

An advisory board provides direction and support for various projects and contracts and includes academic department representatives, federal, state, and local fire, emergency medical services, and law enforcement personnel, and private sector representatives.  

Partnerships between academic departments within UVU and outside agencies are critical to the success of IESHS. These stake holders will have the opportunity to share resources for critical issues in teaching, research, development and philosophy for emergency response and national security. 


IESHS is administrated by an appointed Director/Faculty, with administrative duties, including oversight of the related program platforms. It is recommended that an Associate Director for Administrative and Support Services be appointed to assist with overall administrative functions.  

IESHS has dedicated classrooms, a computer lab, training props, and drill space at the Provo Airport campus. 


The Institute of Emergency Services and Homeland Security is an independent entity within the School of Technology and Computing. Faculty involved in education or research within the institution are to maintain their departmental and school associations, but will be relocated to the IESHS as funding for projects becomes available.


Revenue to support the institute is generated by:

  • Indirect cost recovery on grants and contracts
  • External research and educational contracts
  • Tuition support recouped from off-budget activities
  • Partnerships with businesses and industries


The research of the IESHS will be responsible for building a research team from within the faculty ranks and staff members of the college. Team members will also be selected through collaboration with other universities and/or public and private agencies that have expertise in descriptive and experimental research within the emergency services and homeland security arenas. These public agencies will most likely include state and local fire, emergency medical, and law enforcement organizations; state and federal homeland security agencies; the local, state, and national military; and others. Private agencies will include those with expertise or interest in local, state, and national security.