Utah first responder Brett Cross, a strategic national stockpile program manager, recently attended the Technical Emergency Response Training (TERT) for CBERNE Incidents course at the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP).
TERT is a hands-on training featuring chemical, biological, radiological and explosive (CBERNE) hazards that may be used in emergency incidents.
“The training this week has been phenomenal,” Cross said. “It’s been very hands-on; the instructors are very knowledgeable and have years of experience. Being able to ultimately culminate that training with being around live agents will help us to maintain a more serious approach to that training.”
Cross trains hazmat teams and local departments in stockpile management in Salt Lake City. He said that the TERT training is critical to doing his job. The TERT course was his second time completing training at the CDP.
“I have a better understanding of the first-responder aspect, what the initial incident looks like, and how the detection process goes," Cross said. "If I am called to support our local response teams, I will be more familiar with their needs."