Wednesday, April 18, 2012

FREE Hands On Domestic Preparedness Training

The Center for Domestic Preparedness is the US Department of Homeland Security's only federally chartered Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) training center.  Unlike most training programs for biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive weapons, the one offered by the Center for Domestic Preparedness is hands-on.  The training programs offered are the best and most advanced programs for first responders.

Different training courses are offered throughout the year.  Some of the types of classes offered include Crime Scene Management for CBRNE Incidents, Law Enforcement Protective Measures for CBRNE Incidents, and Radiological Emergency Response Operations.  A full schedule of courses can be viewed on their website.  Most training courses have a prerequisite of having completed an AWR-160 or FEMA-approved awareness-level training for CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive) response.  Some courses do require additional prerequisites; any additional requirements can be found in the registration packet for the course.

Courses offered through the Center for Domestic Preparedness are available for state, local, and tribal responders that are from the following disciplines:

  • EMA - Emergency Management Agency
  • EMS - Emergency Medical Services
  • Fire Services
  • Government Administrators
  • Hazardous Materials Personnel
  • Healthcare Workers (non-EMS)
  • Law Enforcement
  • Public Health
  • Public Safety Communication
  • Public Works

Previous attendees of these training courses have raved about their formats, education level, and hands-on experiences.  Many departments would like attend additional training or send more members of their department to get the same experience, as they feel that this training has better prepared them for emergency response than any other training they have attended

The best part about this training is that it is fully funded by the Department of Homeland Security.  DHS covers airfare, transportation, meals and lodging.  To register for upcoming training programs, simply visit the Center for Domestic Preparedness website.

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