CDP Terrorism Training For Emergency Responders

In June 1998, the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Domestic Preparedness (ODP) established a terrorism training center for emergency responders, the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP). CDP's mission is to "Operate a public training center to...


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WMD Hazardous Materials Technician Training Course (HT) is a three-day, in-depth course in the composition, action, identification and decontamination of WMD agents that have the potential for use in a terrorist incident. This course also includes training in the preservation of evidence at a crime scene, an overview of the international and domestic terrorist threat, practical exercises involving WMD detection, identification and protective equipment, and techniques for operating at a WMD terrorist incident. This course culminates with a multi-task, hands-on training exercise in the WMD Toxic Agent (COBRA) Training Facility. Hazmat technicians attending this training must be certified as having met the competencies outlined in OSHA 29 CFR 10910.120 and NFPA 472 for hazmat technicians.

WMD Incident Command Training Course (IC) is three days of in-depth training that takes attendees through the entire spectrum of command of a WMD terrorist event. This course provides instruction on WMD and the incident command system coupled with the federal response, and examines the complexities of operational considerations and actions of command at a WMD incident. The course details pre- and post-incident considerations by incorporating a segment on planning for the response using techniques that let the incident commander:

  • 1. Determine the correct composition of the planning team.
  • 2. Evaluate the threat to the jurisdiction.
  • 3. Identify and prioritize probable targets.
  • 4. Measure required capabilities.
  • 5. Develop a local incident response plan to a WMD terrorist incident.

The course culminates with an eight-hour real-time tabletop exercise using the materials developed in the previous sessions to plan for and command emergency response resources at the incident site.

Emergency responders attending this training must be trained to the competencies outlined in OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120 and NFPA 472 for incident commanders, and they must have a thorough understanding of the incident command system. Responders in this course do not use the WMD Toxic Agent (COBRA) Training Facility. The WMD Hands-On Training Course (HOT) consists of a two-day advanced program providing hands-on training in personal protective equipment (PPE), advanced sampling and monitoring equipment, evidence collection and preservation, mass-casualty triage, and explosive/ordnance secondary devices and searches. The course concludes with multi-tasking, hands-on, performance- oriented training in the WMD Toxic Agent (COBRA) Training Facility. The WMD HOT course is for responders who have completed the CDP WMD Incident Command Course. Graduates are eligible one year from their initial training date. The HOT course is NOT for hazmat technicians. A prerequisite certificate must be sent with the application.

Under Development

The 16-hour WMD Advanced Hazardous Materials Technician training course, under development, will take qualified hazmat technicians through the complete spectrum of the WMD response. Through the incorporation of the newest technology and techniques, the hazmat technician will have to qualify and quantify the operating environment, detect, identify and quantify the contaminant, and neutralize the hazard. The course will conclude with multi-tasking, hands-on, performance-oriented training in the WMD Toxic Agent (COBRA) Training Facility. Only those hazmat technicians who have completed the CDP, WMD Hazardous Materials Technician Course may attend the advanced course.

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Photo by Robert Burke
Mock-ups of an explosion scene inside a restaurant, complete with simulated victims.

WMD Law Enforcement Protective Measures (LEPM) is a 16-hour training program that is resident delivered and encompasses WMD-related topics and scenario-driven practical exercises for the in-service training of law enforcement officers. The first eight hours of training presents information on terrorist tactics and targeting, related WMD hazards, indicators of terrorism and protective measures taken by law enforcement officers responding to a terrorist WMD incident. The second eight hours of this training program is a train-the-trainer session to assist attendees with the skills necessary to present the LEPM training in their home jurisdictions. This course is for certified/commissioned state and local law enforcement officers and trainers with more than one year's experience. This is not an executive-level course.

WMD Incident Complexities course is totally taught outside CDP. It is designed to be a flexible course with 32 modules that can be tailored to the training needs of local host organizations. For additional information contact the CDP directly.