Caldwell County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Captain George Durfor, and Paramedics Robert Anderson, Logan Sumrell and Joshua Campbell, 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 (FEMA) and is the only federally chartered Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) training facility in the nation.
Responders participating in CDP training gain critical skills and confidence to respond effectively to local incidents or potential WMD events.
“The training we received was some of the best hands on training offered within the United States, it offers the new and updated versions of the appropriate ways to respond to and effectively handle multi-casualty incidents often faced by emergency responders, as well as proper response techniques for chemical incidents that we face in our area,” said Captain Durfor, “Training offerings such as this allows us to learn how to better respond to large scale incidents and effectively manage them, there’s no way to put a value on such fantastic training opportunities.”
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 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