Item of Interest

Mobile Training Teams take preparedness on the road

The Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) is committed to training emergency-response providers—and that commitment goes beyond standard classroom instruction. The CDP staff offers a wide variety of courses to local jurisdictions, including courses that are tailored to law enforcement, firefighters, and healthcare professionals.

In 2008, the CDP averaged 58 mobile training events per week. The Mobile Training Teams (MTTs) offer hometown responders an opportunity to receive the vital training that is necessary to respond to potential threats.

The CDP offers training for emergency-response providers in ten diverse response disciplines: law enforcement, hazardous materials, emergency management, emergency medical services, fire service, governmental administrative, healthcare, public health, public safety communications, and public works. The organization is a major part of the National Preparedness Directorate of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The CDP training program provides responders with knowledge to prevent, protect, respond to, and recover from chemical, biological, explosive, radiological, and hazardous-materials incidents.

Mobile Training Team training lasts from one to four days, depending on the course. A request made through the State’s Administra-tive Agency (SAA) initiates the process. Each jurisdiction is responsible for recruiting responder students and providing the required training locations or classrooms. The training is provided by the CDP at no cost to the local jurisdiction.

Numerous federal and non-federal training partnerships enable the CDP staff to share knowledge, ensuring the nation’s emergency-response providers receive the most up-to-date training. The CDP offers responders a wide range of training programs in the form of MTTs, resident, and non-resident programs.

To learn more about the Center for Domestic Preparedness, go to this website: http://cdp.dhs.gov

 


ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED:
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September-October 2008 (Volume 6, Number 5)
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