Emergency responder Larry Logan, from Liberty County Emergency Management Agency, recently completed training offered by the Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Ala.
The CDP is operated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and is the only federally-chartered weapons of mass destruction training facility in the nation.
Logan is assistant director of LCEMA.
The training was aimed at coastal counties that make up Region J.
“I always feel better when we train with our partners and understand disasters from our partner’s points of view,” Logan said. “The Healthcare Coalition Response Leadership course gave us indications on what we are doing well and things we need to work on. It was very rewarding to see how Puerto Rico and Illinois manage similar situations.”
The CDP develops and delivers training for emergency response providers, emergency managers and other government officials from state, local, and tribal governments. The CDP offers more than 40 training courses focusing on incident management, mass casualty response, and emergency response to a catastrophic natural disaster or terrorist act. Training at the CDP campus is federally funded at no cost to state, local, and tribal emergency response professionals or their agency.
Resident training at the CDP includes healthcare and public health courses at the Noble Training Facility, a hospital dedicated to training healthcare professionals in disaster preparedness and response.
A number of resident training courses culminate at the CDP’s Chemical, Ordnance, Biological and Radiological Training Facility. The COBRA features civilian training exercises in a toxic environment using chemical agents. The hands-on training aims to get responders ready for incidents involving acts of terrorism and other hazardous materials.
Responders participating in CDP training gain critical skills and confidence to respond effectively to local incidents or potential WMD events.