Since 1998, the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC) has been preparing first responders for a wide range of natural and human-caused incidents. Sponsored through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency (DHS/FEMA) National Preparedness Directorate, the NDPC includes seven training partner organizations, each with different lanes of core capabilities:
- Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) – specializing in mass-casualty hospital training and tactical operations training in contaminated environments
- The Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center (EMRTC) – specializing in explosives, live explosives, and incendiary devices training
- National Center for Biomedical Research and Training (NCBRT) – specializing in training for weapons of mass destruction, counterterrorism, and other high-consequence events
- Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) National Emergency Response and Recovery Training Center (NERRTC) – specializing in incident management, infrastructure preparedness, cybersecurity, sports and special events, emergency medical services, senior and elected officials training and public information
- National Nuclear Security Administration/CTOS-Center for Radiological/Nuclear Training (NNSA/CTOS) – specializing in weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and radiological/nuclear training
- National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) – specializing in natural hazards training
- Transportation Technology Center, Inc. (TTCI)/Security and Emergency Response Training Center (SERTC) – specializing in training for surface transportation involving hazardous materials, weapons of mass destruction, and emergency events
In this podcast, DomPrep Advisor Andrew Roszak talks with NDPC Chairman Colonel Alphonse Davis, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired), and Jeffrey Mayne, director of Louisiana State University’s NCBRT, to learn more about the Consortium, its partners, the trainings offered, and its ability to adapt to the nation’s constantly changing training needs. For example, recent shooting incidents have increased the demand for campus emergency active shooter programs. The NDPC has created a standardized training model that is applicable to all emergency management disciplines. The training courses are offered at no cost to local, state, and tribal agencies. As of 31 December 2017, the NDPC has trained more than 2.7 million participants.
Listen now to learn more about NDPC, its partners, and this vital training resource.