Mike King, acting director of National Training and education superintendent of FEMA's Center for Domestic Preparedness, made a statement on March 25 regarding training for emerging threats and hazards for emergency first responders.
The statement was given to the Senate committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee on emergency management, Intergovernmental Relations and the District of Columbia.
King said that the Threat and Hazard identification and Risk Assessment produced by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in 2012 and State Preparedness Report expose gaps in emergency response capability, and provide information for FEMA and jurisdictions to close the gaps over time. He said FEMA prioritizes training efforts to close the gaps, increase capability and reduce risk.
In his address to the committee, King said FEMA's training programs prepare for terrorist acts and natural disasters. Objectives for training include planning activities, effective communication, individual and team tasks, assessment of the incident, patient treatment and incident management. Training programs integrate animal emergency services, community volunteers, emergency management, fire service, government administration, healthcare, public works and search and rescue.
King said FEMA training facilities are open and available to all federal, state, territorial, local and tribal emergency management and response teams. Private citizens and private sector agencies also are able to use the facilities and take advantage of web-based learning programs