NDPC News & Events
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.
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.
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.”
NDPC Impact on Boston Bombing Response (5/9/2013)
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.
Michael's full comments can be read here.
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.
Key Partnerships Expand TEEX/NERRTC's Core Competencies (4/1/2013)
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.