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Members of the University of New Mexico Hospital staff and university employees activated the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) recently, following a violent protest demonstration and a helicopters mishap on the hospital roof. The staffs credit CDP training for clear decision making during an emerge

UNMH Uses CDP Training In Real-World Responses

The University of New Mexico Hospital (UNMH) has sent nearly 50 hospital and university employees to CDP training in the last 12 months. Recently, many of those workers put the skills they learned to use when a peaceful demonstration turned violent and a helicopter mishap occurred on the hospital’s roof.

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CDP Alumnus Issue 14

Welcome to the fourteenth issue of the CDP Alumnus, a quarterly newsletter for Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) students, alumni, and others interested in the CDP.

Baltimore City emergency medical personnel help a survivor to safety during a simulated mass-casualty event at the Center for Domestic Preparedness, in Anniston, Ala. The state of Maryland sent Baltimore’s Regional Incident Management Team (IMT) and more than 130 emergency response personnel to atte

Regional Incident Management Team Prepares For Large-Scale Events

More than 130 emergency responders from the state of Maryland, including members of the Baltimore Regional Incident Management Team (IMT), joined more than 100 other emergency responders from across the United States recently. These emergency responders trained together at the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) located in Anniston, Ala.

Lara Blake, a hospital operations administrator at University of Kentucky, accepts care of a simulated patient with an arm amputation during the Integrated Capstone Event (ICE) in the emergency department at the Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Ala. Approximately 80 healthcare professio

Kentucky Hospital Association Trains For The First Time At CDP

Emergency responders and incident managers are continually preparing, reviewing policies and training for potential hazards that could one day affect their community.

Students learn how a patient simulator is used in healthcare training during a tour of the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP). Fifty local high school students, enrolled in Community Emergency Response Team Training, toured the CDP on FEMA’s first National Day of Action.

Aspiring Healthcare Professionals Mark National Day Of Action With Tour Of CDP

Fifty local high school Health Science students marked FEMA’s first National Day of Action by touring FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) in Anniston, Ala., April 30.

Nursing students from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing learn to use radiation detection equipment at the Center for Domestic Preparedness. The students completed Incident Complexities – Responders Actions for CBRNE Incidents (ICR) course.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Gold Level Indirect Authorized Trainers (2013)

Indirect Authorized Trainers Recognized

The Center for Domestic Preparedness' (CDP) Indirect Authorized Trainer Program (IATP) is designed to efficiently offer courses in a responder's home jurisdictions. Through qualified Train-the-Trainer (TtT) programs, CDP graduates deliver TtT courses to their home organization and neighboring response units.

(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 t

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 Technical Emergency Response Training for CBRNE Incidents (TERT) course.

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 FEM...

(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.

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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.

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Office for Bombing Prevention

The mission of the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Office for Bombing Prevention (OBP) is to protect life and critical infrastructure by building capabilities within the general public and across the private and public sectors to prevent, protect against, respond to, and mitigate bombing incidents.

Forty five FEMA employees attended the first FEMA Incident Workforce Academy (FIWA)

Employees graduate first FEMA Incident Workforce Academy at CDP

Forty five FEMA employees attended the first FEMA Incident Workforce Academy (FIWA) held at the Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Ala., Jan. 27 – Feb. 7.

Nearly 50 of the Troopers attended the Field Force Operations (FFO) course at FEMA's Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP). The training is designed to provide law enforcement the knowledge to successfully employ crowd control measures during civil disorders. The Troopers are building on current ca

Alabama State Troopers Prepare Field Forces

More than 200 Alabama State Troopers will complete training at FEMA's Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) early this year. Alabama's Department of Public Safety plans to send more than half of the state's Troopers through training over the next several weeks.

The CDP has incorporated new e-reader technology into training that reduces production cost. The CDP hopes the use of electronics in the classroom enhances adult learning and reduces the amount of paper and other student materials commonly used in a classroom environment.

Technology Modernizes Learning Environment, Saves Money

In July 2012, FEMA's Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) incorporated electronic-based strategies in the classroom. By removing traditional paper course materials from approximately 40 percent of its courses, the CDP saves $100,000 on average a year in production costs.