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The Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) Indirect Training Program offers students the unique opportunity to receive training in their hometowns at no cost.


The Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) currently offers four (4) Train the Trainer (TtT) courses, recognizing successful graduates as Indirect Trainers for their home state in accordance with the State/Territory/Tribal Training point of contact directive. The Indirect Training Program provides Indirect Trainers with administrative support to deliver the specific course(s) linked to each Train the Trainer course. This administrative support is at no cost to trainers, and includes student training materials and certificates of completion. Training provided within states and local jurisdictions by state and local trainers is a critical component of national preparedness.

Train the Trainer (TtT) Courses Offered

Listed below are the TtT courses offered with the corresponding indirect classes.

CDP Train the Trainer (TtT) Course Indirect Class Supported
Standardized Awareness Authorized Training Program, TtT (SAAT) Standardized Awareness Training (SAT)
Law Enforcement Protective Measures for CBRNE Incidents, TtT (LEPM TtT) Law Enforcement Protective Measures for CBRNE Incidents (LEPM)
Hospital Emergency Response Training for Mass Casualty Incidents Basic, TtT (HERT-B TtT) Hospital Emergency Response Training for Mass Casualty Incidents (HERT)
Radiological Series, TtT (RAD TtT) Fundamentals Course for Radiological Response (FCRR)
Hospital Emergency Department Management of Radiation Accidents (HRA)

State Approval Process

A trainer may be state/territory/tribal approved to teach most of the Indirect courses if the Training POC determines state qualifications for instruction are met. Two completed forms are needed:

  1. Trainer Application for State Approval (138)
  2. Training POC Approval letter

Contact Information for Indirect Training

(866) 291-0698
(256) 231-5550
Email

Indirect Authorized Trainer Program (IATP)

The CDP recognizes indirect trainers who demonstrate teaching proficiency by actively delivering multiple CDP training course iterations or by effectively reaching large training audience populations within their states or local jurisdictions.


Excellence in Training

There are three levels of recognition. Proficiency levels are based on performance in the Indirect Program for training conducted within the preceding fiscal year (October 1 through September 30).

Trainers who achieve IATP status will receive recognition for their efforts on the CDP website. Additionally, trainers will receive a certificate of achievement, and various CDP items, based on the level of performance attained.

2015 Excellence in Training Honorees
Gold Level Authorized Trainers

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Dennis Terpin, Ph.D., O.H.S.T.

Dennis Terpin, Ph.D., O.H.S.T., has worked in the Occupational Safety, Health, Industrial Hygiene, Laboratory Safety, Fire, EMS, and Emergency Management and Response fields for over 46 years. Dr. Terpin is a Master Level instructor for FEMA/DHS at the Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, AL. He is a Certified Safety Manager, Certified Fire Officer, EMT-P, World Trade Center Responder, Hazardous Materials and Rescue Specialist. Dennis is also certified as an All Hazards Position Specific Incident Commander, Operations Section Chief, Safety and Liaison Officer Instructor. In addition, Dennis is a member of the University of Illinois at Chicago's (UIC) Incident Management Team and Deputy Commander of the University's Emergency Response Team. As the University's Certified All Hazards Safety Officer, he worked such events as President Obama's visit to UIC, Senate Bill10 in Illinois, The 12th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates Conference and the 2012 Chicago NATO Conference.

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Ronald Raab; James Madison University; Harrisonburg, VA

Ron Raab is a Professor in the College of Integrated Science and Technology at James Madison University where he teaches courses in biotechnology and awareness and understanding of WMDs. He serves as a regional HazMat responder, and educator for the City of Harrisonburg, and Rockingham County in Virginia. In addition, he is also a volunteer firefighter. He joined the JMU faculty in Fall 2001. He received a B.A. in biochemistry and molecular biology from University of California, Santa Barbara. He received an M.S. degree in organic chemistry and a Ph.D. in molecular biology and genetics from Texas A&M University. Prior to joining JMU, he spent 15 years in the biotech industry as a research scientist at IDEC Pharmaceuticals, and Affymax Research Institute. He has taught Molecular Biology and Genetics at the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests are the cloning, expression, and purification of genes from pathogenic bacteria, and viruses for use as potential vaccines, therapeutics, and/or for diagnostic reagents for the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases.

Silver Level Authorized Trainers

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Keith Fehr, MS, CHFM

Keith Fehr is the Corporate Emergency Management Director for Banner Health with program oversight responsibilities in seven states including acute and critical access hospitals, community health centers, ambulatory surgical centers, long-term care facilities, hospice, and home health. He has been in the healthcare sector for over 15 years with over 10 of those years focused on Emergency Management. He also holds a Master of Science in Leadership with an Emphasis in Disaster Preparedness/Executive Fire Leadership degree from Grand Canyon University.

Keith has been instructing the Hospital Emergency Response Training (HERT) and Standardized Awareness Authorized Training (SAAT) programs since 2011. Over the last few years, he led development of a HERT member retention plan which maps team members towards team leadership and ultimately the instructor corps. This plan included the local development of two higher level courses that focus on equipment use and set-up and team leadership to promote a self-sufficient, committed team. Keith shared this model with coalition partners while serving as the Chair of the Arizona Coalition for Healthcare Emergency Response - Central Region (AzCHER-Central) from 11/12 to 08/15 (having since transitioned to the Past Chair role) to drive community resiliency and capability.


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Anthony Egan, RN, MSN Manager; Security and Emergency Training; Northwell Health

Anthony 'Tony' Egan is a Manager for Security and Emergency Training at Northwell Health. The Health System places a large emphasis on Emergency Management and prides itself on being proactive in this field. Mr. Egan, along with the other members of the Emergency Management team, presents robust course offerings. They offer classes from the Center of Domestic Preparedness, Standardized Awareness, Hospital Emergency Response Training (one day) and, shortly, in conjunction with the CDP, we will be offering Framework for Healthcare Emergency Management and Hospital Emergency Response Training (three days). Other courses they offer are Non Violent Crisis Intervention, Critical Employee Emergency Planning, Radiation Awareness and Incident Command Classes.

Mr. Egan has been working in the healthcare industry since 1989. He started his career as an Emergency Medical Technician at Mary Immaculate Hospital in Jamaica, NY. He received his Associates Degree in Nursing and began working on a Medical Surgical Unit as a Registered Nurse at St John's Hospital in Rego Park, NY. Tony went on to further his education in Nursing and obtained a Bachelor's Degree and then a Master's Degree in Nursing Administration and Nursing Informatics from Molloy College, Rockville Centre, NY. Mr. Egan also holds a Bachelor in Finance from Iona College, New Rochelle, NY. Tony has held many positions in the healthcare industry from Nurse Manger, Assistant Director of Nursing, and Program Director - Neurosurgical Program.

In 2002, Tony was appointed to the New York City Fire Department. He is presently assigned to Engine 274 in Flushing, NY. Engine 274 is a Hazardous Materials Technician Unit and is assigned to the Hazmat Battalion. He has received extensive training in HazMat and has been certified in Decon Engine Training, Hazmat Technician (120 Hours) course and numerous other classes in the fire service. He also teaches Haz-Mat at the FDNY Academy.

Mr. Egan has been published and has presented both nationally and internationally. He is hoping to develop a HazMat Awareness/Operations Level Course geared toward Health Care Employees. Along with Northwell Health, he is looking forward to bringing a level of excellence to Healthcare in the Emergency Management discipline.


Bronze Level Authorized Trainers
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Bill Brown

Bill Brown is currently the Southeast Regional Emergency Response Coordinator for the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services stationed in Fargo, North Dakota. Since 2010 Bill has worked with first responders, emergency managers and other governmental agencies regarding training, grant assistance and disaster assistance promoting the concept of regional response. Prior to working for NDDES Bill served 31 years achieving the rank of Captain with the Minot, ND Police Department. Bill has been a certified law enforcement instructor for 35 years teaching a wide variety of law enforcement courses both locally and at the state law enforcement academy. Bill has also been an adjunct professor for Minot State University teaching courses in criminal justice and homeland security for the past 15 years. Bill also honorably served for four years in the United States Air Force. Bill has over 5000 hours of law enforcement training with a strong emphasis on management and homeland security. A considerable portion of his homeland security training was provided by the CDP. Bill described his experiences at the CDP as one of the highlights in his career, finding the training relevant, realistic and encouraging students to learn more regarding emergency response.

2014 Excellence in Training Honorees
Gold Level Authorized Trainers

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Anthony Egan, RN, MSN Manager; Security and Emergency Training; North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System

Anthony 'Tony' Egan is a Manager for Security and Emergency Training at North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System. The Health System places a large emphasis on Emergency Management and prides itself on being proactive in this field. Mr. Egan, along with the other members of the Emergency Management team, presents robust course offerings. They offer classes from the Center of Domestic Preparedness, Standardized Awareness, Hospital Emergency Response Training (one day) and, shortly, in conjunction with the CDP, we will be offering Framework for Healthcare Emergency Management and Hospital Emergency Response Training (three days). Other courses they offer are Non Violent Crisis Intervention, Critical Employee Emergency Planning, Radiation Awareness and Incident Command Classes.

Mr. Egan has been working in the healthcare industry since 1989. He started his career as an Emergency Medical Technician at Mary Immaculate Hospital in Jamaica, NY. He received his Associates Degree in Nursing and began working on a Medical Surgical Unit as a Registered Nurse at St John's Hospital in Rego Park, NY. Tony went on to further his education in Nursing and obtained a Bachelor's Degree and then a Master's Degree in Nursing Administration and Nursing Informatics from Molloy College, Rockville Centre, NY. Mr. Egan also holds a Bachelor in Finance from Iona College, New Rochelle, NY. Tony has held many positions in the healthcare industry from Nurse Manger, Assistant Director of Nursing, and Program Director - Neurosurgical Program.

In 2002, Tony was appointed to the New York City Fire Department. He is presently assigned to Engine 274 in Flushing, NY. Engine 274 is a Hazardous Materials Technician Unit and is assigned to the Hazmat Battalion. He has received extensive training in HazMat and has been certified in Decon Engine Training, Hazmat Technician (120 Hours) course and numerous other classes in the fire service. He also teaches Haz-Mat at the FDNY Academy.

Mr. Egan has been published and has presented both nationally and internationally. He is hoping to develop a HazMat Awareness/Operations Level Course geared toward Health Care Employees. Along with North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System, he is looking forward to bringing a level of excellence to Healthcare in the Emergency Management discipline.


Image: Ronald Raab; James Madison University; Harrisonburg, VA

Ronald Raab; James Madison University; Harrisonburg, VA

Ron Raab is a Professor in the College of Integrated Science and Technology at James Madison University where he teaches courses in biotechnology and awareness and understanding of WMDs. He serves as a regional HazMat responder, and educator for the City of Harrisonburg, and Rockingham County in Virginia. In addition, he is also a volunteer firefighter. He joined the JMU faculty in Fall 2001. He received a B.A. in biochemistry and molecular biology from University of California, Santa Barbara. He received an M.S. degree in organic chemistry and a Ph.D. in molecular biology and genetics from Texas A&M University. Prior to joining JMU, he spent 15 years in the biotech industry as a research scientist at IDEC Pharmaceuticals, and Affymax Research Institute. He has taught Molecular Biology and Genetics at the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests are the cloning, expression, and purification of genes from pathogenic bacteria, and viruses for use as potential vaccines, therapeutics, and/or for diagnostic reagents for the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases.


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Stephen J. Scymcyk

Emergency Management Coordinator North Shore-LIJ Health Systems

  • Certified Health Safety Professional
  • Certified Health Emergency Professional

Center for Domestic Preparedness Training Partnership

Counterterrorism Operations Support (CTOS)

  • WMD Radiological/Nuclear Awareness Course Instructor

30 Years Law Enforcement Experience -

  • Retired from Nassau County Police Department Emergency Service Unit
  • Former Detective Specialist NYPD 17 years, 14 Years assigned to the
  • Emergency Service Unit, Instructor Specialized Training School
  • DEA Certified Clandestine Lab Officer
  • DEA Certified Clandestine Lab Safety Officer

33 Years Volunteer Firefighter North Merrick Fire Department

  • Chief of Department 1989-2001
  • 1979-2012 Firefighter/ NYS Emergency Medical Technician-Critical Care

North Merrick Fire District

  • Fire Commissioner 2006-2011
  • Nassau County Fire Academy
  • 2nd Deputy Chief 1998-Present

Published Author
Lectured both nationally and internationally

Silver Level Authorized Trainers

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Paul Carr; Disaster Preparedness Manager; Milpitas, CA

Paul Carr grew up Dublin, Ireland. He served 21 years in the US military. Throughout his career, he has served as a U.S. Army Airborne Ranger with numerous duty assignments including Special Operations Team Leader; West Point, USMA instructor; and a Drill Sergeant having trained over 1,000 soldiers for combat. His deployments include South America, Europe, Southwest Asia, North Africa and the present Global War on Terrorism. He retired from the US Army on July 31, 2007.

Mr. Carr's specialized training includes: Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) and Hazardous Materials Technician courses (Department of Homeland Security); Hospital Emergency Response Team (H.E.R.T) Terrorism Liaison Officers course (CA Office of Emergency Services); Counterterrorism course (FBI); and Threat and Risk Assessment course (Texas A & M). He has trained over 5,000 security officers, hospital administration, and health care professionals in several states. He has provided technical support for "Urban Shield," the Law Enforcement Tactical Team competition (hosted by Alameda County Sheriff Oakland, CA) since its inception.

Mr. Carr is currently contracted as a Disaster Preparedness Manager for Kaiser Permanente. His duties include: WMD / HERT Trainer and Kaiser Permanente National Facilities Service Crisis Management Team Coordinator, and Terrorism Liaison Officer. He is currently employed by Securitas Security Services USA, Inc.


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Joseph F. Martino BS EMT-P, CHEP, CHSP

Joseph Martino is a coordinator in the Emergency Management Division at the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System (NSLIJHS). The North Shore LIJ Emergency Management Division constantly strives to be an industry leader in the disciplines of Protective Services and Crisis Management. Mr. Martino helps to lead these initiatives in education, research, and response to elevate the quality and efficiency of these services in the NSLIJHS by leveraging technology.

Daily responsibilities for Mr. Martino include but are not limited to maintaining regional situational awareness for the Health System and responding to and managing all Health System emergencies at any NSLIJHS facility. Additionally, he manages the E - Team and Risk Center emergency management programs, security reporting system, mass notification system and all disaster communications systems. He managed the Emergency Operations Center's technological and communications needs during Hurricanes Irene, Sandy and the Ebola Crisis. Additionally, he is an instructor of Incident Command, Hazardous Materials, and Weapons of Mass Destruction, Employee Preparedness, and Healthcare Emergency Preparedness through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Center for Domestic Preparedness.

Joseph brings 13 years of emergency response experience to the division of Emergency Management at North Shore and he holds a BS in Health Care Administration from State University of New York at Cortland, and is pursuing his Masters degree in Emergency Services Management. Mr. Martino currently holds the positions of Captain of the Rockville Centre Fire Department in Nassau County New York, and a Communications Specialist for National Disaster Medical Systems New York -5 Team. Prior to joining the Emergency Management Team at NSLIJHS Mr. Martino worked for the NSLIJ Center for Emergency Medical Services as a Paramedic and Command and Control Operator.

Bronze Level Authorized Trainers

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Keith Fehr, MS, CHFM

Keith Fehr is the Director of Emergency Management and Internal Fire Marshal for Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS). Keith has been with MIHS since 2000, where he has held several positions prior to taking over the Disaster Preparedness Department in 2009. Keith's background is diverse with experience in facilities, security, law enforcement, fire service/emergency medical system, and industrial emergency response teams. Additionally, he has been a Certified Healthcare Facility Manager (CHFM) since 2009. Keith's graduate degree from Grand Canyon University is a Master of Science in Leadership with an Emphasis in Disaster Preparedness/Executive Fire Leadership.

Keith became an Indirect Authorized Trainer in Hospital Emergency Response Training (HERT) and Standardized Awareness Authorized Training (SAAT) in 2010, starting his training program at MIHS in 2011. Since beginning the program, Keith has served as lead instructor for his organization which has held 38 HERT and 18 SAAT classes accounting for 624 trained individuals as of September 2014.

In addition to his MIHS role, Keith is currently serving his 3rd year as the Chair of the Arizona Coalition for Healthcare Emergency Response (AzCHER-Central). AzCHER-Central is the forum used by the healthcare community to share disaster response plans, conduct community exercises, and discuss day-to-day threats and hazards that exist for each of the members to help ensure a more resilient community. In 2014, Keith served as the AzCHER-Central Super Bowl Planning Task Group Leader for Super Bowl XLIX. This task group supported the larger Public Health and Medical Response Planning Group, focusing on the healthcare delivery aspects of planning. Working with coalition members, local public health partners, and the CDP, Keith helped coordinate participation in an Integrated Capstone Event (ICE) training at the CDP to further prepare and test planning efforts for Super Bowl XLIX.


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Wayne Bullard

Growing up in Homestead, Florida, Wayne Bullard decided to attend Tuskegee University in Alabama where he matriculated and received his Bachelor degrees in Political Science and Journalism. Relocating to California he began his career with Securitas Services and Kaiser Permanente within the Bay Area.

For the past two years, Bullard has adapted training programs and managed the security services and related operations provided to Kaiser Permanente East Bay. As a Training Manger he has been charged with implementing client service and problem resolution; service enhancement and expansion; new business development; supervision and training.

Over the course of his experience as a Training Manager he has received training and certifications from the Center of Domestic Preparedness; Fire College & Personnel Standard Commission; and Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center within courses such as: Hospital Emergency Response Training for Mass Casualty Incidents (HERT TtT), Instructor Training Course (ITC); Hazardous Materials for Technician Chemical Biological Radiological Nerve and Explosive Incidents (HARM); Emergency Responder Hazardous Materials Technician for Chemical Biological Radiological Nerve and Explosive Incidents (ERH); National Certified Hazardous Materials Technician; and Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings (IRTB TtT).

In his additional capacity as a Training Manager, he has planned, coordinated and delivered training in Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI); Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD); First Responder's Operations; Advanced Confrontation Management; Combat Training, Hospital Emergency Response Training (HERT), Respiratory protection and Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) within five different states. Throughout his experience, Bullard has conducted over thousands of hours in training and enjoys being able to train emergency responders, military personnel, security firms, law enforcement, firefighters, hospital staff, and healthcare leadership.


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Darcy K. Golliher

Mrs. Golliher's background experience consists of emergency preparedness planning at hospitals for 15 years and as a county emergency management coordinator for five years.

During this time, Mrs. Golliher has developed emergency operation plans for hospitals and the county; participated and developed exercises; trained regional responders; and is currently a member of the Incident Management Team as their Public Information Officer (PIO).

Mrs. Golliher teaches the Hospital Emergency Response Training (HERT), PIO training, and Incident Command System courses.

"Disasters may happen few and far between and we've all heard that "it will never happen here," however, when disaster strikes, those with current training will be more apt to respond quickly and effectively!"

2013 Excellence in Training Honorees
Gold Level Authorized Trainers

Image: Anthony Egan, RN, MSN Manager; Security and Emergency Training; North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System

Anthony Egan, RN, MSN Manager; Security and Emergency Training; North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System

Anthony 'Tony' Egan is a Manager for Security and Emergency Training at North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System. The Health System places a large emphasis on Emergency Management and prides itself on being proactive in this field. Mr. Egan, along with the other members of the Emergency Management team, presents robust course offerings. They offer classes from the Center of Domestic Preparedness, Standardized Awareness, Hospital Emergency Response Training (one day) and, shortly, in conjunction with the CDP, we will be offering Framework for Healthcare Emergency Management and Hospital Emergency Response Training (three days). Other courses they offer are Non Violent Crisis Intervention, Critical Employee Emergency Planning, Radiation Awareness and Incident Command Classes.

Mr. Egan has been working in the healthcare industry since 1989. He started his career as an Emergency Medical Technician at Mary Immaculate Hospital in Jamaica, NY. He received his Associates Degree in Nursing and began working on a Medical Surgical Unit as a Registered Nurse at St John's Hospital in Rego Park, NY. Tony went on to further his education in Nursing and obtained a Bachelor's Degree and then a Master's Degree in Nursing Administration and Nursing Informatics from Molloy College, Rockville Centre, NY. Mr. Egan also holds a Bachelor in Finance from Iona College, New Rochelle, NY. Tony has held many positions in the healthcare industry from Nurse Manger, Assistant Director of Nursing, and Program Director - Neurosurgical Program.

In 2002, Tony was appointed to the New York City Fire Department. He is presently assigned to Ladder 136 in Elmhurst, NY. He has received extensive training in HazMat and has been certified in Decon Engine Training, Hazmat Technician (120 Hours) course and numerous other classes in the fire service.

Mr. Egan has been published and has presented both nationally and internationally. He is hoping to develop a HazMat Awareness/Operations Level Course geared toward Health Care Employees. Along with North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System, he is looking forward to bringing a level of excellence to Healthcare in the Emergency Management discipline.


Image: Dennis Terpin Ph.D. , Environmental Health and Safety Office, University of Illinois at Chicago

Francis (Frank) Califano, BS, EMT-P, CHSP

Frank is currently a Safety Service Specialist / Instructor for Network Emergency Management of the North Shore - Long Island Jewish Health System. He has been with the health system for over 20 years. He started his career as an emergency room technician at North Shore - Manhasset. Frank holds a B.S. degree in Community Health / Emergency Management from Empire State College. Frank is a graduate of the first paramedic program at North Shore. He is a Certified Health Care Safety Professional as well as a certified hazardous materials technician. He has taught Hazardous Materials training classes for both Fire and EMS personnel throughout the country.

Frank is also a General Instructor for the Department of Homeland Security for courses such as WMD Awareness, Radiation Awareness and Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings and is a certified instructor for ICS 100, 200, 300, 400, 700 and 800. He has been a state certified EMS instructor and has taught all levels of EMS responders. He is a certified Advanced Hazmat Life Support instructor as well as a Hazmat for Healthcare instructor. In addition; Frank is a member of Rescue Hook & Ladder Co. #1, Roslyn, NY where he is a certified Class II Firefighter. He has served as EMS Captain and is the company Safety Officer. Frank has over 30 years of both Fire and EMS experience.


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Paul Carr; Disaster Preparedness Manager; Milpitas, CA

Paul Carr grew up Dublin, Ireland. He served 21 years in the US military. Throughout his career, he has served as a U.S. Army Airborne Ranger with numerous duty assignments including Special Operations Team Leader; West Point, USMA instructor; and a Drill Sergeant having trained over 1,000 soldiers for combat. His deployments include South America, Europe, Southwest Asia, North Africa and the present Global War on Terrorism. He retired from the US Army on July 31, 2007.

Mr. Carr's specialized training includes: Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) and Hazardous Materials Technician courses (Department of Homeland Security); Hospital Emergency Response Team (H.E.R.T) Terrorism Liaison Officers course (CA Office of Emergency Services); Counterterrorism course (FBI); and Threat and Risk Assessment course (Texas A & M). He has trained over 5,000 security officers, hospital administration, and health care professionals in several states. He has provided technical support for "Urban Shield," the Law Enforcement Tactical Team competition (hosted by Alameda County Sheriff Oakland, CA) since its inception.

Mr. Carr is currently contracted as a Disaster Preparedness Manager for Kaiser Permanente. His duties include: WMD / HERT Trainer and Kaiser Permanente National Facilities Service Crisis Management Team Coordinator, and Terrorism Liaison Officer. He is currently employed by Securitas Security Services USA, Inc.


Image: Ronald Raab; James Madison University; Harrisonburg, VA

Ronald Raab; James Madison University; Harrisonburg, VA

Ron Raab is a Professor in the College of Integrated Science and Technology at James Madison University where he teaches courses in biotechnology and awareness and understanding of WMDs. He serves as a regional HazMat responder, and educator for the City of Harrisonburg, and Rockingham County in Virginia. In addition, he is also a volunteer firefighter. He joined the JMU faculty in Fall 2001. He received a B.A. in biochemistry and molecular biology from University of California, Santa Barbara. He received an M.S. degree in organic chemistry and a Ph.D. in molecular biology and genetics from Texas A&M University. Prior to joining JMU, he spent 15 years in the biotech industry as a research scientist at IDEC Pharmaceuticals, and Affymax Research Institute. He has taught Molecular Biology and Genetics at the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests are the cloning, expression, and purification of genes from pathogenic bacteria, and viruses for use as potential vaccines, therapeutics, and/or for diagnostic reagents for the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases.

Silver Level Authorized Trainers

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Keith Fehr, MS, CHFM

Keith Fehr is currently the Director of Emergency Management and Internal Fire Marshal for Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS). Keith has been with MIHS since 2000, and has been leading the Disaster Preparedness Department since 2009. Keith's background is diverse with experience in facilities, safety, security, law enforcement, fire service, and industrial emergency response teams. Keith's graduate degree from Grand Canyon University is a Master of Science in Leadership with an Emphasis in Disaster Preparedness/Executive Fire Leadership.

In 2011, Keith worked with a small group at MIHS to develop a training team and bring the HERT and SAAT courses to the organization. To date, the training group has held 33 HERT classes (370 students) and 17 SAAT classes (182 students).

In addition to his MIHS role, Keith is currently serving as the Chair of the Arizona Coalition for Healthcare Emergency Response - Central Region (AzCHER-Central). AzCHER-Central is the forum used by the healthcare community to share disaster response plans, conduct community exercises, and discuss day-to-day threats and hazards that exist for each of the members to help ensure a more resilient community. Through the networking available in the Coalition, Keith has been able to include members from other healthcare systems and the local office of the medical examiner in the HERT and SAAT classes.

Bronze Level Authorized Trainers

Image: Dennis Terpin Ph.D., Environmental Health and Safety Office, University of Illinois at Chicago

Dennis Terpin Ph.D. , Environmental Health and Safety Office, University of Illinois at Chicago

Dennis Terpin, Ph.D., O.S.H.T., is the Industrial Hygienist for the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Dennis is a Certified Fire Officer/EMT-P, World Trade Center Responder, Hazardous Materials Specialist, Rescue Specialist and Certified Homeland Security Instructor. In addition, Dennis is a member of UIC's Incident Management Command Staff and Deputy Commander of the University's Emergency Response Team. As the UIC Safety Officer, he worked such events as President Obama's visit to UIC, the 12th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates and the 2012 Chicago NATO Summit.

Dennis has worked in the Fire, EMS, Safety and Emergency Management fields for over 43 years. In the early 1970's he was a paid-on-call firefighter/Paramedic in Bolingbrook, Illinois where he still lives. Dennis, as the president of The International Safety and Health Specialists, has developed site-specific training involving EPA, OSHA, and DOT and has trained over 400 fire/EMS/PD departments in the hazardous materials response, mass casualty incidents, emergency management, incident command and weapons of mass destruction (CBRNE) fields. Dennis has provided emergency management training to organizations such as the Ford Motor Company, General Dynamics, United States Navy, United States Army, United States Air Force, and many businesses and governmental agencies throughout the United States and in 10 counties.

Dennis has been teaching ICS, HERT, SAAT, Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings (IRTB), Prevention of and Response to Suicide Bombing Incidents (PRSBI), and Awareness and Response to Biological Events through the Homeland Security/FEMA's Indirect Authorized Trainer Program. Upon retirement Dennis wants to continue teaching in Hawaii as that is where his heart is.


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George K. Cooper, RN, BSN, MBA

  • Associate Degree in Nursing, Florida Junior College, Jacksonville, FL
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, The University of Akron, Akron, OH
  • Master's in Business Administration, California Coast University, Santa Ana, CA

George began his career in emergency preparedness within the healthcare community more than 45 years ago as a U. S. Navy Hospital Corpsman, serving both on board ship and with the U. S. Marine Corps. Upon discharge, he studied nursing at Florida Junior College and The University of Akron, becoming a Registered Nurse in 1973. In his healthcare career he served in a number of capacities, including critical care, surgery, dialysis, and nursing administration. Later, George was appointed to serve as Patient Safety Officer and Emergency Management Coordinator for Fairview Hospital, a Cleveland Clinic hospital, where he learned first-hand the needs of hospitals related to emergency preparedness.

Upon retirement from his healthcare career, George continued to purse his passion for emergency preparedness while working for Paratus Solutions, a Columbus-based group that specialized in healthcare preparedness, and now for Cleveland State University - Center for Emergency Preparedness. In that capacity he has assisted a number of hospitals and public health departments with the development of emergency operations plans, training, and preparedness exercises. Having attended several courses taught at the Center for Domestic Preparedness, including Healthcare Leadership (HCL), Incident Command Systems (ICS) Train-the-Trainer, and Hospital Emergency Response Training for Mass Casualty Incidents (HERT), George is an authorized Incident Command Systems and HERT trainer.

George is also an authorized trainer for the following courses: Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings Awareness Course (AWR 130-2) as taught through the Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center, New Mexico Tech, Socorro, NM and WMD Radiation / Nuclear Awareness Course (AWR 140) as taught through CTOS-Center for Radiological/ Nuclear Training National Security Technologies, Las Vegas, NV.

At Cleveland State University - Center for Emergency Preparedness, George specializes in assisting healthcare facilities in the following areas:

  • Hospital Emergency Response Team (HERT) training
  • Hospital Incident Command Systems (HICS) training
  • First Receiver Awareness & Operations training
  • Development of emergency operations plans (EOP) and related annexes

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Joseph F. Martino BS, AEMT-P

Mr. Joseph F. Martino is an Emergency Management Coordinator at the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System (NSLIJHS). The Mission of NSLIJHS Emergency Management Division is to constantly strive to be an industry leader in the disciplines of Protective Services and Crisis Management. He works with these initiatives in education and research to elevate the quality and efficiency of these services in the NSLIJS.

Daily responsibilities for Mr. Martino include but are not limited to, maintaining a regional situational awareness for the Health System and responding to and managing all Health System emergencies at any NSLIJHS facility. Additionally, he was the Emergency Operations Center Manager for the blizzard of 2010. Mr. Martino is an instructor of several FEMA Courses such as Incident Command, Hazardous Materials, Weapons of Mass Destruction, Hospital Emergency Response Training and Framework for Health Care Emergency Management.

Mr. Martino is a former Captain in the Rockville Centre Fire Department and has 10 years of experience in the Nassau County Fire Service. During his time in the Nassau County Fire Service he has received the Town of Hempstead Firematic Service Award. He currently also serves as Communications Specialist of Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) NY-5, based out of Long Island.

Prior to joining North Shore, 10 years ago, Mr. Martino graduated from State University of New York at Cortland with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Health Care Administration. Mr. Martino is currently pursuing his masters in Emergency Services Management.