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(L-R) Dr. Arslan Kagan Arslan, Director General of Turkey’s Emergency Health Services, discusses training options with CDP Superintendent Tony Russell.

CDP trains Turkish responders

The ranks of Center for Domestic Preparedness alumni now include five healthcare professionals from Turkey.

Responders participate in an online course.

CDP set to launch first online courses

The Center for Domestic Preparedness will launch its first online courses November 2.

More than 160 responders participated in the CDP’s Train-the-Trainer Theme Week.

Theme week helps CDP boost its cadre of instructors, extend reach

The Center for Domestic Preparedness’ cadre of instructors just got sizably larger.

The CDP is featured in the October issue of Business Alabama magazine.

CDP featured in Business Alabama magazine

The Center for Domestic Preparedness is prominently featured in the October 2018 edition of Business Alabama magazine.

Training at the CDP.

CDP Releases September Training Numbers

The CDP has released its training numbers for the month of September.

Birmingham World Games 2021 Logo

CDP supporting Birmingham and World Games 2021

The Center for Domestic Preparedness is assisting the City of Birmingham as it prepares to host the World Games in 2021.

CDP Releases August Training Numbers

The CDP has released its training numbers for the month of August.

Responder-Students don protective gear to treat ‘patients’ suspected of having the Ebola virus.

Students learn how to treat patients with highly infectious diseases during themed training week

Ebola was the focus of the CDP’s Highly Infectious Disease Theme Week Aug. 27-31, and for the 81 students enrolled in the Healthcare Leadership (HCL) and Barrier Precautions for Highly Infectious Diseases (HID) courses.

An aerial view of Calhoun County at dusk.

CDP unveils ‘Backyard Ambassador’ initiative

The Center for Domestic Preparedness is hoping to make Calhoun County, AL – the county in which the FEMA training institution is located – one of the ’most prepared’ counties in the nation.

National Disaster Medical Service (NDMS) personnel set up shop in the rear of the CDP’s Advanced Responder Training Complex.

National Disaster Medical Service trains at CDP

The HHS National Disaster Medical Service (NDMS) trained at the CDP in late August.

A team of students decontaminates a ‘patient’ in the CDP’s Technical Emergency Response Training for CBRNE Incidents, or TERT, course.

COURSE SPOTLIGHT: Technical Emergency Response Training for CBRNE Incidents (TERT)

Technical Emergency Response Training for CBRNE Incidents (TERT) is a four-day course that provides responders with chemical-, biological-, radiological-, nuclear- and explosive- (CBRNE-) specific and all-hazards response skills enabling them to respond safely to events with those materials.

Center challenges Coast Guard Hazardous Material Technicians

More than 100 Coast Guardsmen trained at the CDP in 2017, and 110 are scheduled to be trained in 2018.

Training at the CDP.

CDP Releases July Training Numbers

The CDP has released its training numbers for the month of July.

Paramedic Kendra Cobb checks the vitals of responder at the COBRA Training Facility. Responder-Students’ vitals are checked both before and after they enter ‘hot’ bays at the facility.

CDP braves another ‘September to Remember’

It’s been another busy month for the CDP. While some of the Center’s attention was drawn toward disaster support (‘We’re FEMA — This is what we do’), it pressed forward with its unique, traditional mission of training state, local and tribal and territorial responders how to deal with a wide range of hazardous incidents.

Students practice putting on and removing personal protective equipment in the Barrier Precautions and Controls for Highly Infectious Disease (HID) course.

CDP to host ‘Highly Infectious Disease’-themed training week

The Center for Domestic Preparedness will host a Highly Infectious Disease-themed Training Week August 27-31 on its campus in Anniston, Ala.

A montage featuring first responders of all disciplines

CDP releases training #’s for first half of 2018

The CDP has released its training numbers for the first half of 2018.

Trainers wearing one of the new chemical suits being tested at the COBRATF.

COBRATF Testing New Chemical Protection Suits

The Chemical, Ordnance, Biological and Radiological Training Facility is always looking for ways to improve training while keeping students safe.

Students take part in one of the LERA Course’s practical exercises.


Law Enforcement Response Actions for CBRNE Incidents (LERA) is a one-day training course during which law enforcement and security personnel apply the knowledge and skills they learn during a companion course, Law Enforcement Protective Measures for CBRNE Incidents.

Disaster Medical Assistance Team members in training at the CDP.

CDP supports training of national medical teams

The CDP has been helping improve the nation’s disaster medical response capability by hosting several training courses this summer for members of the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS).

FEMA Disaster Recovery Center workers huddle on the center’s opening day in Jacksonville, Ala. The DRC was overseen by FEMA’s Joint Field Office for the disaster, which was supported by the CDP.

CDP support to JFO saves FEMA more than $250K

The CDP’s support of a local Joint Field Office will save FEMA more than a quarter of a million dollars by the time the JFO closes.