FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) is now able to provide expedited post-disaster training — expeditionary training — to first responders immediately facing or recovering from disasters.
The center recently condensed a number of CDP courses into just-in-time, one- to four-hour training modules which they can offer to responders at their home stations.
The CDP currently has more than 50 modules prepared, with a heavy emphasis on:
- Public health
- Hazardous materials
- Mass casualties
- Incident command
Once a jurisdiction identifies a need for training, “… Our goal is to respond within 24 hours,” said Chuck Medley, CDP’s assistant director of training delivery.
“We’ve already identified volunteers among our federal training staff and instructional staff to deploy on short notice,” he added.
Immediately following Hurricane Florence, the CDP tested the post-disaster training concept by training 455 FEMA responders prior to them deploying to support recovery operations.
Among other things, the FEMA responders were taught how to recognize and avoid hazards and safely move about in the disaster area.
Contact Medley at Charles.firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about expeditionary training.
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