Posted by: Derek Jensen, Director, External Affairs, Center for Domestic Preparedness
A few months ago, we highlighted the introduction of biological materials into first responder training at FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness, in Anniston, Ala. Since the first group of responders went through this enhanced training on Feb. 8, a total of 270 responders from more than 30 different states have now trained with nonpathogenic strains of anthrax and ricin inside our Chemical, Ordnance, Biological and Radiological Training Facility.
Here’s a short video giving a glimpse into the training:
We initially piloted two courses—Technical Emergency Response Training for CBRNE Incidents and Hazard Assessment and Response Management for CBRNE Incidents, and as we continue to expand our program, we will eventually include biological materials in three additional courses over the next year.
Anniston, Ala., Feb. 17, 2012 -- The Center for Domestic Preparedness created scenarios similar to scenes where biological agents may be deployed by fashioning its training bays into a restaurant environment (pictured above) and a post office scene. The training bays provide a realistic, safe and secure location for first responders to analyze the biological materials and demonstrate the appropriate response.
Anniston, Ala., Feb. 17, 2012 -- First responders are given a unique opportunity to use detection equipment distinctive to biological materials. The Center for Domestic Preparedness is the only place where civilian first responders can now train using both biological materials and toxic chemical agents.