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Apr 15, 2014

Police officers use a variety of tools on different devices used by protesters. Recently 12 law enforcement officers from Las Vegas joined fellow officers from around the United States to learn new skills that defeat locking devices used by protesters.

Las Vegas Metro PD Learns Extrication Tactics

For the past five years FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP), in Anniston, Ala., has provided Field Force training to law enforcement officers in support of events such as the Presidential Inauguration, Republican and Democratic National Conventions, Super Bowls, NATO Conferences, leader’s summits, Governors' Conferences and routine celebrations in cities nationwide. CDP Field Force courses provide critical skills for law enforcement to ensure First Amendment rights are enforced and the public and property are protected for major and small events.


Apr 10, 2014

UAB Nursing Students Complete CDP Training

Nursing students from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing completed two courses at the Center for Domestic Preparedness, April 7.


Apr 10, 2014

Veterans Health Administration (VHA) employees rush a simulated patient through the initials stages of decontamination during training at FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP), in Anniston, Ala. VHA employees representing 14 states and 22 VA medical centers came together for training at the CDP.

VA Medical Centers Demonstrate Disaster Response At CDP

Predicting disaster or hazardous incidents is impossible. The next major event can come at any moment. Preparation and planning for the unexpected is the only course of action when the number of lives saved is determined by an appropriate response.


Mar 31, 2014

6th grade students check for a heart beat on a live patient simulator at Alabama’s 8th Annual Be Ready Camp. FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness brought three simulators for demonstrations on how first responders are trained.

CDP Attends Be Ready Camp

HUNTSVILLE, Ala.--FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) supported Alabama’s 8th Annual Be Ready Camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center here for the first time Thursday, April 27.


Mar 28, 2014

Colin Pinnington (right), senior instructor supervisor for the United Kingdom’s National Ambulance Resilience Unit (NARU), receives a tour of the CDP’s street scene. The CDP and U.K.’s NARU continue an instructor exchange program to share ideas and best practices.

CDP Continues Exchange Program With UK Counterpart

The CDP recently hosted a member of the United Kingdom’s National Ambulance Resilience Unit (NARU). NARU has the responsibility for ongoing education and development of the U.K.’s Hazardous Area Response Teams (HART). There are 15 HARTs located throughout England and each is charged with providing clinical care to casualties following a major incident.


Mar 28, 2014

New Hampshire hospital employees decontaminate a simulated survivor, or patient simulator, during an exercise at the CDP. New Hampshire sent almost 50 employees from 17 different New Hampshire hospitals to attend CDP training.

New Hampshire Hospitals Train Together, Plan For Disaster At CDP

In the wake of natural disasters or other events that create the need for emergency response, organizations across the United States continually review response plans and improve training. FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) is committed to training and preparing response groups for mass-casualty events related to disasters or other catastrophic events.


Mar 21, 2014

(Left to Right) Rob Stewart, Keith Fehr and David Hogg, all three Silver Level CDP Authorized Trainers recently returned to resident training at the center. The IATP officially identifies members of the CDP Indirect Authorized Trainer community who acquire special training skills of direct benefit to the CDP mission and whose efforts enhance the local response capability through locally delivered training.

Authorized Trainers Return To CDP

Three trainers from the CDP’s Indirect Authorized Training Program (IATP) returned to Anniston to further their skills responding to hazardous incidents. David Hogg, Keith Fehr and Rob Stewart, from the Maricopa Integrated Health System, Phoenix, Ariz., attended the <a href="https://cdp.dhs.gov/training/courses/TERT">Technical Emergency Response Training for CBRNE Incidents (TERT)</a> course.


Mar 18, 2014

TERT Students go through agent operations at the COBRA. During the exercise, students work with and identify biological materials Ricin and Anthrax and also nerve agents GB and VX.

Southwestern College Continues TERT In Paramedic Program

Classrooms, textbooks, presentations and computers are possibly a student’s most common expectation of a typical learning environment. Recently, 24 students, from Southwestern College in San Diego, traded in their pens and notebooks for breathing apparatuses, bulky gloves, rubber boots and protective suits. These students are enrolled in the college’s paramedic program and attended training at FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP), in Anniston, Ala.


Mar 13, 2014

Rick Searcy

Rick Searcy Named Instructor Of The Year

Law Enforcement course instructor Rick Searcy was named the 2013 Instructor of the Year at the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP), Feb. 6.


Mar 13, 2014

(From left to right) Jason Hail, Kendra Cobb, Derick Reaves, Jon Collins, Kristy Bowling, Josh Stearns, Jodi Roberts, Chris Harper, Ashley Newton, and Jeremy Brown make up the full-time paramedic team.

SMRC Keeping CDP Staff And Students Healthy

The safety and welfare for more than 200 students and 800 federal and contract employees throughout the week is no easy task. SMRC is up to the challenge.