The grants, from the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 Continuing Training Grant (CTG) program, total $11 million and are meant to help with training and certification of community members who can assist in disaster response, no matter the type of disaster. These members are expected to include first responders, emergency response personnel, technical specialists and community, tribal and local government leaders.
Grants were received by the International Association of Fire Fighters, University of Maryland Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism Consortium, Frederick Community College, George Washington University, the Center for Rural Development and Norwich University Applied Research Institutes.
Over the next 36 months, these organizations will conduct training in response to incidents involving hazardous materials and weapons of mass destruction, countering violent extremists, developing public/private partnerships, medical response and readiness for mass casualty events. Rural training includes instruction in hazardous materials, planning and response for mass fatality incidents, crisis management for schools, emergency operations planning, bioterrorism awareness and media engagement.