CDP trainers return to participate in another emergency response course

Three trainers from the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) in Anniston, Ala., recently returned to further their emergency response skills.

David Hogg, Keith Fehr and Rob Stewart of the Maricopa Integrated Health System in Phoenix, Ariz., participated in the Technical Emergency Response Training for CBRNE course, a multi-disciplinary event that encompassed all-hazards training in areas including healthcare, law enforcement and emergency management.

The three healthcare professionals are Silver-level trainers with the CDP's Indirect Authorized Training Program (IATP), which allows them to efficiently offer courses in their home jurisdictions. They have taught 53 classes for more than 120 emergency responders between them.

Fehr is the director of emergency management at the Maricopa Medical Center, and said having CDP trainer certification has helped to improve treatment there.

"Offering courses at home has helped our community and local hospitals become more resilient with training," Fehr said. "As a hospital coalition our training is consistent and the equipment is identical from facility to facility allowing us to provide a standard level of care."

The CDP recognizes three levels of IATP trainers every fiscal year. Bronze-level trainers have taught 100 or more students or 10 classes, Silver-level is for 200 or more students or 15 classes while Gold-level is 300 or more students or 20 classes.