The facility offers training focused on mass casualty emergency response to natural disasters or terrorist acts. In addition to first responders, courses are aimed at specialists in emergency management, health care, public health, public communications, public works and government administration.
Technical Emergency Response Training (TERT) is the starter course at the facility and prepares students for real-life situations involving chemical, biological and radiological agents.
In addition to in-depth classroom instruction, the TERT course provides summary listings of terrorist threats and potential targets, as well as hands-on exercises with extensive training in decontamination, triage and monitoring.
Approximately 1,100 students take the TERT course each year. A total of 16,000 students have graduated since the course's inception in 1998.
In addition to the TERT course, the COBRA facility offers classes on Hazard Assessment and Response Management, Hazardous Materials Technician, Hands-On Training and Hands-On Training - Law Enforcement.All CDP courses are fully funded for emergency responders by the Department of Homeland Security.