The CDP has released its training numbers for the month of October.
During the month the Center conducted 131 courses for 2,385 students on its campus in Anniston, AL, and 58 courses for 1,816 students at sites across the U.S. and its territories.
That brought the total number of students who've been trained by the CDP since it first opened its doors, in 1998, to 123,126.
Among the month’s highlights:
* Two police officers from New Bern, NC and three from Chesterfield County, VA – two locations affected by flooding or tornadoes spawned by Hurricane Florence, attended training during the first week of the month. They were joined by 39 professionals from the Northeast Minnesota Department of Health, 29 professionals from the Central Utah Public Health department, 17 personnel representing State of California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation facilities, and four crime scene analysts from the Las Vegas, NV Metropolitan Police Department and two crime scene analysts from the Honolulu, HI Police Department.
* In week two, 19 Montgomery, AL Police Academy recruits attended a Field Force Operations class. They were joined by Brenau University (Gainesville, GA) and Gadsden State (AL) Community College nursing students who participated in the Emergency Medical Response Awareness for CBRNE Incidents (EMRA) and the Healthcare Emergency Response Operations for CBRNE Incidents (HERO) classes, and 6 healthcare providers from St. Patrick’s Hospital in Missoula, MT, who attended the Center’s Barrier Precautions and Controls for Highly Infectious Disease (HID) class.
* The third week of the month was highlighted by the Center’s inaugural Train-the-Trainer Theme Week. More than 160 responders participated in the theme week, which was designed to teach select state, local, tribal and territorial responders how to present certain CDP course material to fellow members of their agencies or communities. That week the center also hosted five healthcare professionals from Turkey, who attended the CDP’s Healthcare Leadership Course for Mass Casualty Incidents (HCL) course prior to attending the CDP’s Incident Command Course the following week. The responders chose those specific courses to “obtain as much information as they could about CDP training methodology and administration,” according to John McKenzie, a program specialist in the CDP’s Training and Education Directorate. The responders are looking to design and implement a similar CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear)-related training program for healthcare responders in their home country, he said.
* In week four, cohorts dominated the training landscape – more than 30 firefighters from the Philadelphia Fire Department attended the Hazardous Materials Technician (HMT) and Hazardous Materials Technologies: Sampling, Monitoring, and Detection (HT) courses, while more than 30 healthcare professionals from the University of North Carolina Hospital attended the HCL and the Hospital Emergency Response Training for Mass Casualty Incidents (HERT) courses.
* In the final week of the month, training was highlighted by the presence of 6 healthcare professionals from Desert Springs Hospital in Las Vegas, NV, who attended the Emergency Medical Operations for CBRNE Incidents (EMO) and the Intermediate Hands-on Training for CBRNE Incidents (HOT I) courses. The Desert Springs Hospital received more than 100 victims of the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival active shooter incident in 2017. That week the CDP, in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services’ Healthcare System, also delivered the Healthcare Coalition Response Leadership Course to professionals from three healthcare coalitions: The North Central Pennsylvania Healthcare Coalition; the South Dakota Healthcare Coalition, and the Mariposa and Merced County (CA) Healthcare Partnership for Emergency Preparedness.