Cdcr Homeland Security Training

CDCR staff from left are Correctional Officer (CO) Shaun Kett, CO Brandon Spickelmier; Hazardous Materials Specialist Rikki Meir, Senior Hazardous Materials Specialist Paul Vazquez, Sgt. Yesenia Franco; Lt. Adam Williams, Lt. Kenneth Jimenez and CO Abraham Villasenor.

By CDCR Staff

From Aug. 13-17, emergency responders from the CDCR completed the Hazardous Evidence Collection (HEC) training offered by the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) in Anniston, Ala. The CDP is operated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and is the only federally-chartered Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) training facility in the nation.

The training was based upon the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) 12-step Hazardous Evidence Collection process. The entire week was filled with classroom instruction, hands on training, and practical application. The students participating in the HEC consisted of hazard material specialists, emergency medical technicians (EMT), firefighters, police officers, sheriffs, correctional staff and crime scene investigators. The mix of disciplines within the class allowed for each person to bring a different type of knowledge to the table which assisted in completing the mission at hand. With the knowledge gained during the HEC training, the students feel confident they would be able to assist their institution and community in dealing with a possible chemical, biological or radioactive nuclear explosive (CBRNE) event if called upon.

The CDCR emergency responders were afforded an opportunity to conduct live training at the CDP’s Chemical, Ordnance, Biological and Radiological (COBRA) Training Facility. The COBRA is 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.

The CDP develops and delivers advanced training for emergency response providers, emergency managers, and other government officials from state, local, and tribal governments. The CDP offers more than 40 training courses focusing on incident management, mass casualty response, and emergency response to a catastrophic natural disaster or terrorist act. Training at the CDP campus is federally funded at no cost to state, local and tribal emergency response professionals or their agencies.

Resident training at the CDP includes healthcare and public health courses at the Noble Training Facility, the nation’s only hospital dedicated to training healthcare professionals in disaster preparedness and response.

Responders participating in CDP training gain critical skills and confidence to respond effectively to local incidents or potential WMD events.