Emergency Response Instructor

Train people how to handle disaster situations like earthquakes or floods.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $70,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Emergency Response Instructors do?

An Emergency Response Instructor teaches others how to respond in critical situations. They demonstrate the measures and actions needed after a disaster occurs. Whether it’s a tornado, an earthquake, or a different type of emergency, lives are at risk when the people in charge aren’t properly trained.

As an Emergency Response Instructor, you’re part Teacher and part Supervisor. Using your background in science, technology, communication, and education, you combine your skills to protect others and potentially save lives. Along with Human Resource Managers, and Disaster Response Coordinators, you work in a classroom to prepare for the moment.

Let’s say you’re an Emergency Response Instructor working for a biochemical company. You organize class activities, lectures, and lessons on what to do if there’s a hazardous chemical spill.

Using role-playing techniques and in-class demonstrations, you teach your students the necessary protocol for dealing with the spill. You discuss the necessary precautions that must be taken within the plant as well as in the surrounding area. At the end of the class, the participants walk away knowing how to handle the situation with confidence should it arise.

Basic computer and organizational skills are required in this position, as you prepare lessons and track attendance. Many companies require employees to attend, and your attention to detail in recordkeeping ensures that adequate credit is given to them. Whether you work for a company, a municipality, or the government, lives depend on your knowledge and expertise, and how you relate those to others. The job can be stressful at times, but knowing that you could save someone’s life is reward in itself.

Should I be an Emergency Response Instructor?

You should have a master's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • How to Become an
    Emergency Response Instructor

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