Emergency management coordinator trains in homeland security

ARLINGTON —City of Arlington Emergency Management Coordinator Christine Badger recently completed homeland security training at the Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Ala.

The CDP is operated by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and is the only federally-chartered weapons of mass destruction training facility in the nation.

Badger attended the CDP’s course on the fundamentals of healthcare emergency management, representing Arlington’s Cascade Valley Hospital.

“This course gave me insight and training to assist the hospital with their internal and external emergency preparedness planning,” Badger said. “Being able to network with 48 other hospital preparedness personnel was very valuable, in addition to meeting the instructors, who were a cadre of subject matter experts on hospital issues.”

The CDP provides federally-funded, interdisciplinary training for emergency responders from across the U.S. and its territories, for responder disciplines such as emergency management, emergency medical service, fire service, government administration, hazardous materials, healthcare, law enforcement, public health, public safety communications and public works.

Healthcare and public health training is conducted at the CDP’s Noble Training Facility, the nation’s only hospital facility dedicated to training hospital and healthcare professionals in disaster preparedness and response.

Many training courses culminate at the CDP’s chemical, ordnance, biological and radiological training facility, the nation’s only facility featuring civilian training exercises in a true toxic environment, using chemical agents. The advanced hands-on training enables responders to effectively prevent, respond to, and recover from real-world incidents involving acts of terrorism and other hazardous materials.

Responders attending CDP training are selected from the nation’s 11 million emergency responders. Training at the CDP ensures that responders gain critical skills and confidence to be better prepared to effectively respond to local incidents or potential WMD incidents.

FEMA coordinates the federal government’s role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.

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