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Department of Homeland Security Shield / FEMA
Center for
Domestic Preparedness

Prepare for Training

Training Attire

Individuals are responsible to use good judgment in maintaining good hygiene and selecting attire that projects a professional image commensurate with their duties and responsibilities. Consider attire that is appropriate for both climate differences and classroom activities.

The Senior Facility Official has the authority to decide if a student's attire is inappropriate. If FEMA employees are involved the Senior Facility Official, will consult with OCCHCO, Employee and Labor Relations. Students wearing attire which is determined to be inappropriate are required to change into more appropriate clothing before continuing class. The Senior Facility Official may adjust the dress policy as appropriate.

Appropriate Business Casual Attire:

  • Slacks or khakis (below the calf or longer); suits, sport coats, or blazers
  • Skirts/dresses
  • Shirts with collars; polo shirts
  • Capri pants
  • Turtlenecks, sweaters
  • Dress or casual shoes

Unacceptable Attire:

  • Shorts (unless approved for specific training purpose)
  • Tank tops
  • Overalls
  • Tee shirts with slogans or without sleeves
  • Flip-flops/thongs
  • Backless or low-cut blouses
  • Dresses-shorter than three inches above the knee
  • Backless or low-cut dresses
  • Transparent attire
  • Any ripped or torn clothing
  • Dirty or foul-smelling clothing; displaying of undergarments of any kind
  • Offensive language, images, or slogans on any piece of clothing
  • Tattoos with offensive language, pictures, symbols, or slogans must be covered and not visible
  • Excessively tight and revealing clothing
  • Excessive or strong aftershave, cologne, or perfume
  • Hats worn indoors

Review your class training schedule for any notes regarding training attire and preparation for training. The training schedule is typically posted to the Student Portal a few days before the scheduled training

Most CDP classes engage in hands-on training and use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). It is highly recommended that you pack clothing to wear inside the PPE (e.g., t-shirts, shorts and long cotton socks) as well as fresh clothing to wear after removing the PPE.

CDP classroom temperatures are climate controlled (usually cool), so packing a light jacket or sweater is recommended. Also, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat are suggested. Prior to your departure, check the Anniston, Alabama weather forecast to determine appropriate clothing and accessories for your comfort.

Flip flops and tank tops are not permitted during training; open-toe shoes are not allowed during hands-on training exercises.

If you are attending Field Force Extrication Tactics (FFE, PER 202) or Field Force Operations (FFO, PER 200), prescribed dress or uniform for class is as follows:

Appropriate inside/outside weather-related training attire. After the first morning, all training is conducted outside.

For the FFE course only:

  • Attire must include 100% cotton pants such as tactical/cargo pants and cotton shirt (sparks from cutting tools will cause polyester blends to melt or burn)
  • Safety shoes/boots (Steel or composite toe recommended)
  • Cotton T-shirt
  • Rain gear (recommended)
  • Leather gloves, ear and eye protection are provided (students have the option to use their own)
  • Knee pads (recommended)
  • Hydration/Camel Packs (recommended)

Need to talk to a Resident Training Coordinator?

For training application and related questions or issues, contact your respective CDP Training Coordinator.
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