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EMAC Fire Tabletop ExerciseThe Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) Tabletop Exercise (TTX)–Fire Service and Technical Rescue Discipline is sponsored by the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA), with input, advice, and assistance from the EMAC TTX exercise planning team (comprising representatives of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC)). NEMA sincerely appreciates the support of the IAFC in the development of the exercise materials and the advancement of mutual aid.

Exercise participants are provided all of the necessary tools for their roles in the exercise to identify, request, provide, mobilize, and deploy mutual aid resources for any disaster through the EMAC system.

This exercise was developed using guidance set forth in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP).

The following functional groups should be present at each offering of the exercise:

  • Requesting and Assisting State EM and the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) Advance Team (A-Team) representation
  • State EMAC Designated Contact (EMAC Coordinator) representation
  • State fire services/emergency services and/or Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) representation (state coordinator for such disciplines)
  • Local fire/rescue leadership
  • Local EM and EOC leadership


The tabletop exercise is conducted using a total of fourteen files, which include manuals, presentation files, and videos. You may download each file separately using the links below, or you may download all fourteen in one complete zip package. (Remember to extract the files after downloading a zip file.)


  • All PowerPoint files are password protected, so no modifications may be made. You may open a PowerPoint file by selecting the "read-only" option.
  • All PDF files are protected such that modifications are not possible. You may print, but you may not change the contents, extract pages, etc.
  • All materials are the property of NEMA and may not be altered in any way without the consent of NEMA.

Download complete package as a .zip file (RECOMMENDED).

Acrobat icon PDF Documents (manuals):

PowerPoint icon PowerPoint Files (presentation files):

    archive Videos for PowerPoint Modules 1 and 4 (46.82 MB) (this is a zip file containing two videos; total file size is 48MB)
Note: For the videos to play in Modules 1 and 4, the video files must be extracted from this zip file and placed in the same folder as the PowerPoint files for the modules. Not sure how to unzip a file and place the resulting files correctly? Watch this quick screencast.