The Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) is committed to having an emergency response community prepared for and capable of responding to all-hazards events.
The CDP identifies, develops, tests, and delivers training to state, local, and tribal emergency response providers. We provide on-site and mobile training at the performance, management, and planning levels. We facilitate the delivery of training by the training partners of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
In June 1998, the Center for Domestic Preparedness opened its doors as a training center for the nation’s emergency responders.
The CDP’s interdisciplinary resident and nonresident training courses promote greater understanding among the following diverse responder disciplines: Emergency Management, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Service, Governmental Administrative, Hazardous Materials, Healthcare, Law Enforcement, Public Health, Public Safety Communications, and Public Works.
At the Chemical, Ordnance, Biological and Radiological Training Facility (COBRATF), the CDP offers the only program in the nation featuring civilian training exercises in a true toxic environment, using chemical agents and biological materials. The advanced, hands-on training enables responders to effectively respond to real-world incidents involving chemical, biological, radiological, explosive, or other hazardous materials. Responders serve as the nation’s first line of defense and deserve the highest-quality training available.
On March 31, 2007, the Noble Training Facility (NTF) was integrated into the CDP training center. In 1999, the former Noble Army Hospital was converted to a training site for health and medical education in disasters, to include both acts of terrorism and natural disasters. The NTF is the only hospital facility in the United States dedicated solely to training hospital and healthcare professionals in disaster preparedness and response. In January 2012, the Emergency Department was remodeled to offer an expanded trauma bay, modern treatment areas, sound and visual effect capabilities, hidden observation and control rooms, and a large waiting room. The larger space also includes triage stations, an ambulance entrance, hazmat isolation rooms, and a moulage area for role players.The NTF includes classrooms, break-out rooms, exercise/simulation areas, a resource center, computer lab, and two prototype mass casualty decontamination training lanes. Located just one block south of the CDP, the NTF includes an adjacent helipad.
The Advanced Responder Training Complex (ARTC) offers a cross-section of environments found in any community throughout the nation. The complex provides responders with a realistic training environment to exercise the skills acquired during training. The ARTC includes a remodeled industrial park complex with simulated office space, medical clinic, fast food restaurant, facility maintenance, biomedical laboratory, calibration laboratory, and shipping/receiving office.