CDP recognizes Indirect Authorized Trainers for extraordinary achievements

The Center for Domestic Preparedness' Indirect Authorized Trainer Program recently recognized 24 Authorized Trainers for their commitment to train citizens on emergency preparedness and response in their home jurisdictions.

The CHP's IATP is an initiative to train persons on emergency response and allow them to "Train-the-Trainers" in their home towns to expand preparedness skill and expertise across the nation. The program is currently in effect in 11 states across the U.S. and recruits full-time emergency responders to take initiative in their communities to train on emergency response tactics.

The CHP offers annual awards to IATP trainers that go above and beyond with Bronze, Silver and Gold awards. The Bronze level recognizes trainers that instruct 100 or more students or 10 classes; Silver recognizes trainers who instruct 200 or more students or 15 classes and Gold recognizes trainers that lead 20 classes or 300 or more students.

The CDP announced five Gold, seven Silver and 12 Bronze-level trainers during the 2013 fiscal year and recently held a ceremony to thank and recognize the trainers for their efforts and dedication. Each award recipient received a frame certificate and CDP coin. Bronze award recipients also received an embroidered shirt, while silver award recipients received an embroidered fleece vest and Gold award recipients received both.

"The effort these men and women give to prepare their local jurisdictions is amazing," Chuck Medley, assistant director for CDP's Training Delivery, said. "These responders are extraordinary citizens. They choose to devote their personal time and knowledge in order to make their communities safer. We're all very proud of their training efforts-it is a selfless, personal contribution to prepare and protect our cities."