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 and 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, Strategic Priority II: Create a Vibrant
Teaching and Learning Environment. Objective II.1.2 has some bulleted points which
are consistent with IES desired outcomes. They are:
- 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 BoardAn advisory board will provide direction and support for various projects and contracts
and include academic department representatives, federal, state, and local fire, emergency
medical services, and law enforcement personnel, and private sector representatives.
The partnerships between academic department within the college, 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.
DirectionIESHS will be administrated by an appointed Director/Faculty, who will have a one-half
time release for 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 the overall administrative functions. The Academic
Development platform will be directed by the chairman of the Fire Science Department.
The platform for Research and Specialized Program Development will be directed by
the Associate Director of the Institute, and the Emergency Services Staff and Command
Development platform will be directed by the designated head of the Utah Fire and
Rescue Academy. Supporting these individuals will be an administrative assistant and
a staff of clerical support personnel. IESHS has dedicated classrooms, a computer
lab, training props, and drill space at the Provo Airport campus. We also have our
own computer network capabilities and IT staff.
The Institute of Emergency Services and Homeland Security will be located as an independent
entity within the School of Technology and Computing. Faculty who may be involved
in education or research within the institute will maintain their departmental and
school "home base" but will be released to IESHS as funding becomes available.
FundingAt this time minimal general fund dollars are required. Revenue to support the institute
will be generated by:
- Indirect cost recovery on grants and contracts
- External research and educational contracts
- Tuition support recouped from off-budget credit generating activities
- Partnerships with business and industry
ResearchThe research component of the institute will be responsible to build a research team
of human resources both from within the faculty ranks and staff members of the college,
as well as 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 arena. Public agencies will most likely include: state
and local fire, emergency medical, and law enforcement organizations, state and federal
homeland security agencies, military, and others. Private agencies will include those
with expertise or interest in local, state, and national security.