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CDP Takes Training to the Streets with New Streetscape

Creating a training environment that captures a person’s attention and mirrors a real-life atmosphere is almost a mandatory training requirement in a modern age of technology and creative design. Recently the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) introduced an impressive addition to their adult learning environment: A cityscape that models a city block, complete with buildings, sidewalks and a two lane street made of rubber.

The planning has been ongoing for the better part of three years, and the area spans more than 10,000 square feet. Located in the Advanced Responder Training Complex (ARTC), the urban area is the CDP’s newest training enhancement. It’s conveniently located next to the subway system venue in the same complex.

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NDPC To Attend National Training and Education Symposium


The NDPC will be attending the Emergency Management Institute’s 2014 National Training and Education Symposium April 29-May 1.

The National Emergency Response and Recovery Training Center (NERRTC), the National Center for Biomedical Research and Training (NCBRT), the Energetic Materials Research and Training Center (EMRTC), and the Center for Radiological /Nuclear Training (CTOS) will be presenting on April 30 at 11:05.

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2013 National Homeland Security Conference, National Awards Ceremony


The NDPC accepts an award from the NHSA

The NDPC was honored at the 2013 National Homeland Security Conference in Los Angeles in June during the National Awards Ceremony. The ceremony is conducted annually to recognize excellence in the homeland security community.

Rocky Vaz, President of the Board of Directors of the National Homeland Security Association, presented the NDPC with the “Outstanding Partner Award.” The NDPC was recognized for providing training opportunities to jurisdictions across the country and enhancing the preparedness of tens of thousands of local First Responders from every part of the Nation. Bill Anderson, Vice President for Partnerships of the NHSA, said, “The NDPC has been a critical component of our readiness in communities large and small across the country. Training is central to NIMS, to our ability to respond to manmade and natural disasters, and the NDPC provides more of that training to locals than anyone and at a very high quality.”

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NDPC Impact on Boston Bombing Response (5/9/2013)

Bostom Marathon Response

Bostom Marathon Bombing Response

On April 15, 2013, two bombs exploded during the Bostom Marathon, killing 3 and injuring an estimated 264 others. The Bostom Police Department's Crime Scene Response Unit (CSRU) arrived and faced the challenge of processing the largest crime scene many of them had ever been exposed to.

Officer Michael Connolly is part of the Boston CSRU and shared his experience with the NDPC after putting into practice many skills his team learned from the NDPC course Advanced Forensic Investigation for Hazardous Environments, taught by the National Center for Biomedical Research and Training at LSU.

Testimony by Commissioner Ed Davis

Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis testified before the House Committee on Homeland Security on May 9, 2013. He emphasized the importance of the training provided by the Department of Homeland Security.

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Key Partnerships Expand TEEX/NERRTC's Core Competencies (4/1/2013)

TEEX/NERRTC and USM/NCS4 Staff In response to current and evolving national issues, opportunities arise to expand training programs to meet the changing priorities, goals and needs of emergency responders. The Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service’s (TEEX) National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center (NERRTC) recognizes that this is the time to expand existing core competencies by partnering with other academic institutions that have nationally recognized specialized expertise and capabilities. In August of 2012, TEEX solidified an affiliation agreement with the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM), building on an existing relationship in which training is developed and delivered to provide improved safety and security for sports and special events venues. Together TEEX/NERRTC and USM/ NCS4 have already developed and started delivery of a management level course that leverages our emergency management competency and training development and delivery expertise with our partner’s experience and reputation with a specialized audience in spectator sports. TEEX has also agreed to partner with the Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security at Northeastern University in Burlington, MA. The Kostas Institute was established to build greater resilience in the face of disruptive risk. TEEX/NERRTC’s affiliation agreement with the Kostas Institute specifically supports the PPD-8 goal of improving national resilience for communities, infrastructure, and campuses. In addition, this partnership is especially important because it allows TEEX/NERRTC to leverage the Northeastern University Burlington campus and the Kostas Institute as a training site for the New England and Northeast region. Both of these partnerships strengthen TEEX/NERRTC’s existing core competencies and open the door for future work in homeland securityrelated projects. Possible projects include additional courses in sports and special events, a certification program for emergency managers in special venues and an expanded cyber security program that leverages our current training with the research and expertise that exists at the Kostas Research Institute. As TEEX/ NERRTC grows its cyber security competency, future partnerships are being developed with the University of Texas San Antonio’s Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security, the University of Arkansas System Criminal Justice Institute, and the University of Memphis.

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