Healthcare, law enforcement and hazardous materials students enhanced their skills and preparedness recently during a Hazardous Materials-themed Training Week at the Center for Domestic Preparedness.

The week culminated in an Integrated Capstone Exercise which combined the 135 students from 5 courses to form a cohesive emergency response community and respond to a simulated chemical agent exposure and mass casualty event.

Courses tied to the week included the CDP’s Hazardous Materials Technician for CBRNE Incidents course; Hazardous Materials Technologies: Sampling, Monitoring, and Detection course; Hazardous Materials Evidence Collection for CBRNE Incidents course; Hospital Emergency Response Training for Mass Casualty Incidents course; and Healthcare Leadership for Mass Casualty Incidents course.

Course attendees included students from 32 states and territories, including the Frederick, MD Police Academy and Jefferson State (AL) Community College; three members of the Chinle Service Unit, Navajo Nation; and a dozen healthcare professionals from Colorado Springs, CO.

Photo cutline: CDP Instructor Jeremy Urekew, center, points out damages on a training barrel to students attending the Hazardous Materials Technician course, noting that punctures in barrels can lead to emissions of both liquid and gaseous hazardous material.