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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For more information about CDP and its training opportunities, contact:
Center for Domestic Preparedness
P.O. Box 5100, Fort McClellan,
AL 36205-5100 (256-848-4012).

LZ Johnson Retires as CDP Director

Effective August 2003, LZ Johnson has retired as director of the Center for Domestic Preparedness. He has served at the center since its inception in June 1998 and has been instrumental in the concept and development of the CDP as the nation's premier training center for emergency responders.

From an initial $2 million and five employees in 1998, Johnson guided CDP to its current $45 million budget and 370 people working at the center. Prior to becoming the CDP director, Johnson served as deputy executive director of the Fort McClellan Development Commission (FMDC). During that time, plans were developed for a weapons of mass destruction (WMD) emergency responder training program.

As director of the CDP, Johnson led the way in developing and initiating the all-hazard programs for the nation's firefighters, law enforcement, emergency medical personnel and other responders. The center is now involved in anti-terrorism as well as counter-terrorism training.


Robert Burke, a Firehouse® contributing editor, is the fire marshal for the University of Maryland. He is a Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFSP), Fire Inspector II, Fire Inspector III, Fire Investigator and Hazardous Materials Specialist, and has served on state and county hazardous materials response teams. Burke is a veteran of 24 years in fire and emergency services, with experience in career and volunteer departments. He has attained the rank of lieutenant, assistant chief and deputy state fire marshal. Burke is an adjunct instructor at the National Fire Academy and the Community College of Baltimore, Catonsville Campus, and the author of the textbooks Hazardous Materials Chemistry for Emergency Responders and Counter-Terrorism for Emergency Responders. He can be reached in the Internet at robert.burke@att.net.