From the Federal Emergency Management Agency:
Deputy State Fire Marshal Oliver Alkire, Fire/Explosive Investigator from the Maryland Department of State Police – Office of the Fire Marshal, Northeast Region recently completed training offered by the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP), in Anniston, Ala. 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.
DSFM Oliver Alkire attended and successfully completed the Hazardous Materials Technician for CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives) Incidents course. The course provides lectures in terrorist threats, hazardous materials management system and information management while receiving hands- on training in identifying hazardous materials, using advanced surveying and monitoring equipment and performing decontaminating procedures. “In my opinion it would be difficult to find a finer institution for learning such advanced training. The CDP is an amazing facility that probably has the most advanced and cutting edge equipment available to its students. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting other police officers and firefighters from across the country while meeting the requirements to attend FBI’s Hazardous Device School.” Alkire is hoping to soon join the ranks of the OSFM Bomb Squad unit and be selected as an Explosive Detection K-9 handler.
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 50 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, 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 Training Facility (COBRA). The COBRA 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.