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A group of emergency responders attending training at FEMA's Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) prepare to enter the CDP's mock subway train system through a simulated street scene used in training. These responders are part of the United States Army National Guard 140th Chemical Company from Lo

U.S. Army National Guard Takes Advantage of CDP Training for Their Region

The United States Army National Guard 140th Chemical Company from Los Alamitos, Calif., spent two weeks in Anniston, Ala., recently. The unit brought 38 soldiers to FEMA's Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) to attend advanced-level training on handling hazardous materials.

Healthcare professionals attending training at FEMA's Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) staff the hospital's command center during a simulated exercise. The newly renovated area serves as an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) or command center during healthcare training. The EOC is located at th

Noble EOC Commands Hospital Patient Surge

The Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) recently opened a new Emergency Operations Center (EOC) or hospital command center used by emergency responders during training. The EOC provides a modern learning environment with technology commonly found in EOCs nationwide.

The Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) operates 900,000 square feet throughout its training campus. The CDP's goal is to reduce consumption of electricity and natural gas throughout campus. Over the past two years, the CDP has completed several energy conservation projects. These projects were m

CDP Looks Forward to Savings Through Facility Projects

Government facilities nationwide continue to seek new strategies to save dollars and stretch smaller budgets. Over the past two years, the CDP Facilities staff has worked closely with the FEMA Energy Office to modernize systems throughout the 900,000 square feet of facilities on the CDP campus.

Woody Davis (LEFT), COBRA TF Operations officer, briefs a visitor on COBRA operations.

CDP Employee Receives Highest Honor in Loyal Order of Moose

A Center for Domestic Preparedness staff member was recently promoted to one of the highest positions within the Loyal Order of Moose (LOOM).

A family member looks at the "survivors" of a subway accident in one of the center’s training venues.

Bring Your Family to Work Day

Kent Latimer has worked at the Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Ala., on and off since 2004, first as a contractor and now as a federal employee. But, in those nine years, his wife, Kim, has never really had a chance to see what her husband does as a CDP training specialist. She didn't even know what his office looked like. That changed last week when the CDP hosted its "Bring Your Fa...

CDP Alumnus Issue 11 cover

CDP Alumnus Issue 11

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

Michael Connolly, Boston Police Officer, answers questions from local media following his comments at the CDP's 15th Anniversary celebration in June. Connolly credits CDP training for his unit's response following the Boston Marathon bombing.

Boston PD Finds CDP Training Valuable After Bombings

After two explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, April 15, three people were killed and more than 260 others injured. Although, shocked by the event, Boston and federal law enforcement spent the next four days conducting a full-scale manhunt. Boston Police Officer Michael Connolly, responded as the crisis unfolded. In 2012 Officer Connolly's department sent a small group to the Ce...

The CDP created an urban area street scene featuring businesses, apartments, alleyways, a loading area, and other features found in a city environment.

CDP Takes Training to the Streets With New Streetscape

Creating a training environment that captures a person's attention and mirrors a real-life atmosphere is almost a mandatory training requirement in a modern age of technology and creative design. Recently the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) introduced an impressive addition to their adult-learning environment: A cityscape that models a city block, complete with buildings, sidewalks and a tw...

Northville, located at the CDP's COBRA Training Facility, now more resembles an actual town that contains a school, fire department, police station, and sandwich shop. For the past several months the CDP has added new paint, indoor furnishings, and signage on the building exteriors.

Northville - Not Your Average Gated Community

Nestled amongst the McClellan pines lays a small town visited weekly by guests from around the nation. This town is unlike a storybook city or holiday retreat enjoyed by vacationers. It’s called Northville and its Zip Code has gone unlisted for nearly 15 years.

Three students participating in the Junior Law Enforcement Academy sketch the scene of a simulated subway accident and possible crime scene at the CDP. The CDP hosted 13 teenagers from the 2013 Junior Law Enforcement Academy recently. Pictured left to right, Mary Prosser, age 17, from White Plains,

CDP Opens Doors to Junior Law Enforcement Academy

The Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) hosted 13 teenagers from the 2013 Junior Law Enforcement Academy recently. The teens ranged in age from 15-18 and have shown an interest in possibly making law enforcement a career. This is the fourth academy sponsored by the Anniston Police Department (APD) and the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department.

The Center for Domestic Preparedness Training Facility

Center for Domestic Preparedness Celebrates 15 Years

In 1998, when the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) opened its doors, the CDP was only expected to train as many as 10,000 emergency responders a year. Now, 15 years later, the CDP averages 60,000 emergency response personnel a year. June 1st marked a milestone for the CDP and more than 350 guests, employees and students gathered to celebrate its anniversary, June 3rd.

Danielle Hazen, Fire Fighter and EMT from Morris Township Fire Department, N.J.

EMS: One Mission. One Team

National Emergency Medical Services week is celebrated each year during the third week in May, this year's theme-EMS: One Mission. One Team. National EMS Week highlights and honors EMS providers who dedicate their profession to saving lives daily. EMS Week is an opportunity to recognize those emergency medical personnel serving on the front line of medicine and emergency care.

HERT members decontaminate a simulated survivor before allowed admittance into the hospital. The latest ICE brought together four courses.

ICE Merges Four Courses in Mass Casualty Response

More than 160 students, ranging from hazardous materials workers and healthcare to law enforcement and emergency management trained together during the CDP’s latest Integrated Capstone Event (ICE). Four courses merged as a scenario simulating a mass casualty event unfolded.

More than 140 Pennsylvanians, representing emergency management, physicians, nurses, public health, and emergency medical services, attended training at the CDP recently.

Penn. Commonwealth Healthcare Systems Better Prepared for Mass Casualty Response

More than 140 Pennsylvanians representing emergency managers, physicians, nurses, public health officials, and emergency medical services attended training at the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) recently. The attendees received extensive training specific to their professions, including healthcare leadership and decision making, emergency medical response to a mass casualty incident, and ho...

Emergency responders attending the Technical Emergency Response Training (TERT) course sample for the possible detection of the biological material Ricin. These students worked with biological materials Ricin and Anthrax, and also nerve agents GB and VX, during their course.

Multi-Discipline Training Provides Professional Skills at All Levels

The Technical Emergency Response Training (TERT) course is the foundation training class at the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP), located in Anniston, Ala. TERT, originally titled 'Advanced Operations', has a legacy stretching nearly 15 years—its beginning traced to the CDP's founding in June 1998.

(Left to Right) Jesse Cardenas and Lisette Garcia take a timeout for a photo at the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP). The brother and sister team are police officers from Los Angeles, and attending their third CDP course together.

Los Angeles Siblings Train Together, Prepare

Lisette Garcia, 41, and her younger brother, Jesse Cardenas, 31, have taken a path to increase the safety in their hometown of Los Angeles, Calif. Garcia, a police officer assigned to the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), and Cardenas, a patrol officer on the city's Southside, believe in preparedness and have committed themselves by learning as much as possible in an effort to respond safel...

CDP Alumnus Issue 10 cover

CDP Alumnus Issue 10

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

Community leaders from five Central Minnesota cities recently attended training at FEMA's Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP). These 21 leaders representing fire departments, police departments, public works, and even administrators attended the Incident Command: Capabilities, Planning, and Respo

Minnesota Cities Plan for Response

In the world of emergency response many citizens only consider traditional disciplines, such as fire fighters, law enforcement officers, or Emergency Medical Services. Following implementation of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) in March 2004, the role of traditional emergency response expanded to include a more diverse group of operators and city leaders. City mayors, administrators...

These five officers from the Long Beach Police Department, in California, recently attended the Law Enforcement Protective Measures (LEPM) and Law Enforcement Response Actions (LERA) courses at FEMA?s Center for Domestic Preparedness, in Anniston, Ala. The CDP training allows the Long Beach Police D

Long Beach Police Train for Hazardous Threats, Expand Knowledge for Department

Five police officers from Long Beach, Calif., recently attended training at FEMA's Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP), in Anniston, Ala. The officers enrolled in three courses with a goal to increase their knowledge in response to a toxic agent or biological incident. The CDP training allows the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) to remain current with California safety mandates and lays the ...

Emergency responders attending the Hospital Emergency Response Training (HERT) for Mass Casualty Incidents course decontaminate simulated survivors and rush them to waiting hospital personnel attending the Healthcare Leadership (HCL) for Mass Casualty Incidents course. The emergency responders were

Mini ICE Takes Hefty Approach to Integrate Courses, Cohorts

Sirens wail as ambulances deliver more patients to the makeshift decontamination site set up outside the hospital's emergency department entrance. Medics and hospital staffers race to triage the new patients. It's a nightmare scenario that everyone prays never happens, but you have to be prepared to face. And, that's exactly what these medics, nurses, doctors and other specialists are doing: Train...