A part of FEMA's training administration is the National Preparedness Course Catalog
, which features a compilation of courses managed by the three primary FEMA training organizations:
National Domestic Preparedness Consortium
The NDPC is a partnership of several nationally recognized organizations whose membership is based on the urgent need to address counter-terrorism preparedness needs of the nation's emergency first responders within the context of chemical, biological, radiological, and explosive WMD hazards. At present, the NDPC forms the core of the NTED training program. NDPC members include:
Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP)
FEMA's CDP, located in Anniston, Alabama, is the DHS's only federally chartered Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) civilian training center. The CDP began operations in June 1998, and on March 31, 2007, the Noble Training Facility (NTF) was transferred from the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) to the CDP. NTF is the only hospital facility in the United States dedicated to training hospital and healthcare professionals in disaster preparedness and response.
CounterTerrorism Operations Support (CTOS) at the Nevada National Security Site
CTOS delivers specialized training related to the detection, response, and mitigation of radiological/nuclear incidents, providing responders with hands-on experience in a controlled radiologically contaminated environment. CTOS is a one-of-a-kind outdoor laboratory and experimental center originally established as the Atomic Energy Commissions on-continent proving ground and has conducted more than four decades of nuclear weapons testing.
Louisiana State University (LSU)
The National Center for Biomedical Research and Training (NCBRT) at LSU specializes in curriculum on biological terrorism agents and topics in the law enforcement discipline, including prevention and deterrence. The biological curriculum is based on completed and ongoing studies on agents, such as anthrax, through a bio-safety level 3 laboratory.
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (NMT)
The Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center (EMRTC) at NMT provides specialized training that focuses on explosives and incendiary devices. This training includes controlled detonations of improvised explosives providing responders first-hand understanding of and experience with a range of improvised explosive devices from letter bombs to vehicle bombs.
Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX)
The National Emergency Response and Recovery Training Center (NERRTC) prepares state and local officials for the management challenge posed by WMD through hands-on, scenario-driven training and computer-based simulations. The Emergency Operations Training Center uses state-of-the-art simulation and computer-based technologies to train first responders and city officials to manage a crisis through a unified command approach with realistic, real-time simulation and training analysis at a command-post level not provided by any other organization.
University of Hawaii, National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (UH-NDPTC)
The National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) at UH works collaboratively to develop and deliver training and education in the areas of disaster preparedness, response, and recovery to governmental, private, tribal, and non-profit entities, and under-represented/under-served communities. It incorporates urban planning and environmental management, emphasizing community preparedness and addressing the needs of vulnerable at-risk populations.
NTED offers courses at the Awareness, Performance, and Management & Planning levels to accommodate different job functions of the first responder community.
- Awareness level courses are designed for responders who require the skills necessary to recognize and report a potential catastrophic incident or who are likely to witness or investigate an event involving the use of hazardous and/or explosive devices.
- Performance level courses are designed for first responders who perform tasks during the initial response to a catastrophic event, such as safeguarding the at-risk public, rescuing victims, or decontaminating victims.
- Management & Planning level courses are designed for managers who build plans and coordinate the response to a mass consequence manmade or natural event.
If you have any questions about consortium training please contact HSEM training at firstname.lastname@example.org.