Discuss and explore emergency scenarios
Create or review your emergency plans
Learn how to act quickly and effectively
Promote business and school preparedness
Create and certify a specific plan for your operation
Advanced Simulation Systems
Use of multiple simulation systems for a greater learning experience
Approved simulations for certificate programs
Exercise your incident management skills.
Practice incident communication and coordination.
Simulate high risk, low frequency events.
Validate incident response plans.


The Center for Emergency Solutions at Concordia University provides professional training and simulation to help you prepare and prevail in emergency situations.




Be prepared for emergencies at your school or business with workshops designed for educators and the business community.



The "Blue Card" program provides Fire Departments with a training and certification system for Incident Commanders.



Execute your response plans and practice cutting-edge incident management skills in state-of- the-art facilities.



Center for Emergency Solutions

The Center for Emergency Solutions at Concordia University-Portland offers realistic emergency management and incident command training in a safe, structured environment. Simulated scenarios enhance critical thinking, build team strategies, and improve emergency communication skills.

Realism is vital in establishing a critical skill experience. Simulation is widely used and accepted as invaluable training for civilian pilots and military personnel. Recent and emerging virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) technology brings us closer to real-world experience than ever before. This is a vital tool for learning high stress and high-risk practices for emergency responders and managers. The Center for Emergency Solutions strives to use this technology to provide you with training that has not been accessible or affordable until now.

Our facility

  • A Simulation Theater for presenting a variety of programs.

  • A separate Emergency Operations/Command Center.

  • Traditional classroom settings.

  • A Relaxing break room to network and reflect.

Our simulations

  • A variety of presentations that can include real-world images or computer generated graphics.

  • Physics-based embedded artificial intelligence, providing accurate animations and a motion platform with real-time simulations.

  • Custom incidents that are difficult – or impossible – to simulate outside of a virtual environment.

  • The ability to exercise your plans, procedures and policies under true-to-life conditions.


  • “A first-class facility that allowed our officers to focus on becoming better incident commanders without any distractions!”

    Tom O’Connor Fire Chief, City of Gladstone, Oregon

  • “Concordia University was a critical partner in two of FPAAC’s Command Level Trainings in 2016. Their facility provides classroom space to conduct tabletop exercises and their simulator room allows for immersive training that has been tailored to the incidents being trained on. The staff’s ability and willingness to customize fire scenarios to the needs of the group has helped to achieve a new level of training within the region”

    Marine Fire & Safety Association

  • "The CU Simulation Center has proven to be and effective teaching tool for delivery of emergency service response tactics and strategy and multi-company operations for a wide variety of potential scenarios. As the Director of Training for the Northwest Association of Fire Trainers, I have witnessed some of this training and can see a significant advantage for emergency service agencies that will fully utilize the Sim Lab, CU Faculty and Staff."

    Ed Lindsey Director of Training, Northwest Association of Fire Trainers

  • "The interactive training session created a very strong, open dialogue within our Company leadership team. It was thought provoking and insightful, pointing out areas where we are well prepared, and where we want to improve on our resiliency, response, and recovery capabilities to handle seismic as well as other events that impact the safety and service to customers and communities we serve. The investment was well worth it."

    Grant Yoshihara Vice President of Operations, NW Natural

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  • Concordia University - Portland
    Columbia River Campus
    Center for Emergency Solutions
    11703 NE Glenn Widing Drive
    Portland, OR 97220
  • PHONE:
  • 503.280.8583

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