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Published on September 10, 2007

Local Responders Attend Homeland Security Training

Monday, September 10, 2007

Murrells Inlet, SC - Emergency Responders Ferrell Green and Sandra G. Martin from Waccamaw Community Hospital, recently completed Homeland Security training at the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP), located in Anniston, Alabama.  The CDP is operated by the United States Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency management Agency (FEMA) and is the only federally-chartered Weapons of Mass Destruction training facility in the nation.

The CDP provides federally-funded interdisciplinary training for emergency responders from across the United States and U.S. Territories, for ten responder disciplines:  Emergency Management, Emergency Medical Service, Fire Service, Governmental Administrative, Hazardous Materials, Health Care, Law Enforcement, Public Health, Public Safety Communications and Public Works.  Emergency responders participate in advanced, hands-on all hazards training on Chemical, Ordnance, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Weapons of Mass Destruction. 

Responders attending CDP training are specially selected from the nation’s 11 million emergency responders.  Training at the CDP ensures that responders gain critical skills and confidence to be better prepared to effectively respond to local incidents or potential WMD incidents.


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