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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...

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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...

A nurse from Tennessee decontaminates a simulated patient during a mass casualty exercise at the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP). Ten hospitals representing the northeast region of Tennessee sent 37 employees to the CDP’s Hospital Emergency Response Training for Mass Casualty Incidents (HERT)

NE Tennessee Hospitals Find Benefit in CDP Training

The 10 facilities sent 37 employees to the CDP's Hospital Emergency Response Training for Mass Casualty Incidents (HERT) course and the HERT Train-the-Trainer course. The HERT course is designed to prepare hospitals to conduct safe and effective emergency medical response to a mass casualty incident, while the train-the-trainer course allowed the graduates to deliver CDP training programs in their...

CDP Continuing Education Credits List

Center for Domestic Preparedness Receives Reaccreditation to Offer Continuing Education Credits

The Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) recently passed a stringent year-long reaccreditation process that allows its emergency responder students to earn continuing education credits for the courses they take at the CDP.

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CDP Alumnus Issue 9

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

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CDP Alumnus Issue 8

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

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CDP Alumnus Issue 7

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

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CDP Alumnus Issue 6

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

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CDP Alumnus Issue 5

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

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CDP Alumnus Issue 4

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

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CDP Alumnus Issue 3

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

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CDP Alumnus Issue 2

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

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CDP Alumnus Issue 1

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