Recently, Steven Shaw, Director of the Audrain County Emergency Management Agency attended the Environmental Health Training in Emergency Response (EHTER) course at the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) is in Anniston, Ala.
The EHTER course spans four-days and focuses on key environmental health topics and how they relate to the issues and challenges faced during an emergency response.
The course is designed to increase the level of emergency preparedness for environmental health practitioners by providing them with the necessary knowledge and skills to manage the environmental health impacts of emergencies and disasters.
The course concludes with a tabletop re-entry and re-occupancy exercise to illustrate the relevance of the topics learned during a disaster.
“This is my 14th training session at CDP since 2007 and I have nothing but great things to say about the facility, the staff and most of all the high level of training that is received,” said Director Steven Shaw.
The CDP is operated by the United States Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and is the only federally-chartered Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) training facility in the nation.
The CDP develops and delivers advanced 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 catastrophic natural disaster or terrorist act. Training at the CDP campus is federally funded at no cost to the 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, the nation’s only 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 (COBRA) Training Facility. The COBRA Training Facility is the nation’s only facility featuring civilian training exercises in a true toxic environment using chemical agents. The advanced hands-on training enables responders to effectively prevent, respond to, and recover from real-world 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.
“Each and every time I attend this training I come away with a greater knowledge and skill level that I bring back home to Audrain County and the programs and citizens here. It is worth the time and effort I put in to attend due to the training making me a better responder, planner and doer when it comes to keeping our county a little safer,” Shaw added.
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