CDP, federal law enforcement hold joint training on domestic terror response

CDP, federal law enforcement hold joint training on domestic terror response. | Courtesy of FEMA
The Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) detailed a recent preparedness exercise that involved both members of federal law enforcement and students of CDP courses on Wednesday.

Participants from the Hospital Emergency Response Training for Mass Casualty Incidents (HERT) course, the Healthcare Leadership for Mass Casualty Incidents (HCL) course, the Law Enforcement Response Actions (LERA) course and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) joined in teaching two courses. This course took place at the end of July and beginning of August.

One course simulated an attack of an active shooter and the other was focused on basic medical procedures. Both courses, the Active Shooter Threat Training Program and the Basic Tactical Medical Training Program, are typically centered around law enforcement activity.

After several days of both groups taking part in their respective courses, they joined together into one Integrated Capstone Event (ICE) that consisted of the large-scale simulation of a domestic attack in a subway, with an active shooter that forced the evacuation of the hospital.

“This was a great learning experience for all the [response] disciplines involved,” Deputy Sheriff Donald Smith said. “I learned a lot from the hospital side and the HAZMAT side.”

The CDP facility is the only training facility that is authorized to use chemical agents and other hazardous materials for the purpose of training.

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