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IDHS > About IDHS > Training & Exercise > Training Branch > Counter-Terrorism Training Programs Counter-Terrorism Training Programs

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Training

The US Department of Homeland Security’s Training and Exercise Division (TED) serves the nation’s first responder community, offering more than 100 DHS Logocourses to help build skills that responders need to effectively function in mass consequence events. TED primarily serves state, local, and tribal entities in public safety disciplines.

Instruction is offered at the awareness, performance, and management/planning levels. Students attend TED courses with the basic skills of their profession and learn how to apply them in the context of disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. Course subjects range from weapons of mass destruction (WMD) terrorism, cyber-security, and agro-terrorism to citizen preparedness.

Courses are online and classroom-based and are offered in residence (i.e. at a training facility outside Indiana) or through mobile programs in which courses are brought to locations that request them (i.e. in Indiana). Courses are offered for little to no cost to jurisdictions, but must be coordinated through the state training administrative agent (SAA) - Amy Lindsey.

In order to host a training class delivered by one of the USDHS TED training partners, you must send an e-mail to Amy Lindsey before contacting a TED school. Many classes are only offered to a state once per year. In those cases, priority will be given to the area that can guarantee a full class or a centrally located area in an IDHS district.

A catalog of available courses can be found here

National Domestic Preparedness Consortium Training

The National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC) provides training for eligible public safety responders. Training may be provided at the school NDPC Logo(“resident”), at your location (“mobile”), or online. For resident courses, travel and lodging costs are generally provided by the hosting school. Some schools also cover meals, however, check with the school.

The National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC) is the principal vehicle through which the Office of Grants and Training (G&T) identifies, develops, tests, and delivers training to state and local emergency responders.

The NDPC is a partnership of several nationally recognized organizations whose membership is based on the urgent need to address the counter-terrorism preparedness needs of the nation’s emergency first responders within the context of chemical, biological, radiological, and explosive weapons of mass destruction (WMD) hazards. For more information on the NDPC visit the NDPC site.

Members providing FREE training include:

  • Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) in Aniston, AL
  • The Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center (EMRTC), a division of the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (New Mexico Tech) in Socorro, NM
  • The National Center for BioMedical Research and Training (NCBRT), at Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge, LA
  • The National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center (NERRTC) at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX
  • Counter Terrorism Operations Support (CTOS)/The Nevada Test Site (NTS) in Las Vegas, NV

All applications for out-of-state training must be sent to the SAA, Amy Lindsey. Fax to (317) 234-0736. Applications are reviewed and forwarded on Fridays. Please do not send an application more than once, as this causes confusion and may delay the processing of your application.

The following is brief description of each member and their expertise:

Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP):

The CDP provides hands-on specialized training to state and local emergency responders in the management and remediation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) incidents. Located at the former home of the U.S. Army Chemical School, Fort McClellan, the CDP conducts toxic agent training for the nation's civilian emergency response community. The training emergency responders receive at the CDP provides a valid method for ensuring high levels of confidence in equipment, procedures, and individual capabilities.

If you are a state or local responder this training is completely funded by the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security at no cost to you or your jurisdiction. We fly you into Atlanta airport, pick you up, transport you to the Center, and provide all meals and lodging.

Resident Courses

  • WMD Crime Scene Management for Emergency Responders (CSM)
  • Standardized Awareness Authorized Trainer Program (Train-the-Trainer) (SAAT)
  • Radiological Emergency Response Operations (RERO)
  • Advanced Radiological Incident Operations (ARIO)
  • Hazard Assessment and Response Management (HARM)
  • Managing Civil Actions in Threat Incidents (MCATI) Basic
  • Introduction to ICS
  • ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
  • Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents
  • Advanced ICS, Command and General Staff-Complex Incident
  • Incident Command System Curricula Train-the-Trainer
  • Managing Civil Actions in Threat Incidents (MCATI) Command
  • Command and WMD Response (CMD&R)
  • Incident Command: Capabilities, Planning and Response Actions (WMD/All Hazards)
  • Hospital Emergency Response Training for Mass Casualty Incidents (HERT)
  • Healthcare Leadership and Administrative Decision Making (HCL)
  • WMD HAZMAT Evidence Collection (HEC)
  • Managing Civil Actions in Threat Incidents (MCATI) Protester Devices
  • WMD Technical Emergency Response Training (TERT)
  • WMD Hands-On Training (HOT)
  • WMD Respiratory Protection (RP)
  • WMD Law Enforcement Protective Measures (8-hour) (LEPM)
  • WMD Law Enforcement Protective Measures Train-the-Trainer (LEPM TtT)
  • WMD Law Enforcement Response Actions (LERA)
  • Instructor Training Certification (ITC)
  • WMD Incident Complexities-Responder (ICR)
  • WMD Basic Agricultural Emergency Responder Training (AgERT)
  • WMD Hands-On Training (8-Hour) (HOT8)
  • WMD Hazardous Materials Technician (HT)
  • WMD Emergency Responder Hazardous Materials Technician (ERHM)
  • Fundamentals of Healthcare Emergency Management (FUND)
  • Advanced Public Information Officer Health and Hospital Emergencies (APIOHHE)
  • Pandemic Influenza Planning and Preparedness (PIPP)
  • WMD Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
  • Environmental Health Training in Emergency Response (EHTER)—Introductory Level

Mobile Courses

  • WMD Crime Scene Management for Emergency Responders (CSM)
  • Standardized Awareness Training (SAT)
  • Standardized Awareness Authorized Trainer Program (Train-the-Trainer) (SAAT)
  • Managing Civil Actions in Threat Incidents (MCATI) Basic
  • WMD HazMat Evidence Collection (HEC)
  • Managing Civil Actions in Threat Incidents (MCATI) Protester Devices
  • WMD Respiratory Protection (RP)
  • WMD Law Enforcement Protective Measures (LEPM)
  • WMD Law Enforcement Protective Measures (Train-the-Trainer) (LEPM TtT)
  • WMD Law Enforcement Response Actions (LERA)
  • WMD Incident Complexities—Responder (ICR)
  • WMD Incident Complexities—Clinician (ICC)
  • WMD Threat, Hazard Recognition, and Emergency Actions Training (THREAT)
  • ICS 100: Introduction to ICS
  • ICS 200: ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
  • ICS 300: Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents
  • ICS 400: Advanced ICS, Command and General Staff-Complex Incidents
  • ICS 402: Incident Command System (ICS) Overview for Executives/Senior Officials
  • Incident Command System Curricula Train-the-Trainer
  • Managing Civil Actions in Threat Incidents (MCATI) Command
  • Command and WMD Response
  • Incident Command: Capabilities, Planning and Response Actions (WMD/All Hazards)
  • WMD Emergency Medical Services Training (EMS)

The Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) is striving to enhance the protection of Personal Identification Information (PII) for students enrolling into CDP training programs. The CDP is implementing a CDP Student Identification (SID) number process. The intent is to have all students training in CDP training programs (resident, non-resident or indirect) complete the secure online registration. This can be accomplished by going to https://cdp.dhs.gov/elms  and creating an account to obtain a CDP SID number.

For further information on courses, schedules, or to register for a course, visit https://cdp.dhs.gov/.

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New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (NMIMT) National Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center (EMRTC):

EMRTC provides training programs for safety in handling explosives in research and response to incidents involving explosive materials. The courses provide technical level training for personnel who have a significant responsibility in the research of explosives or providing response to incidents involving explosives. New Mexico Tech provides expert instructors, field facilities for actual tests, and hands-on laboratory instruction. Government agencies and companies utilize these courses to certify personnel to perform and work with explosive operations.

The challenges facing the emergency responder community are evolving rapidly in today's security aware climate. EMRTC has been a leader in providing DHS approved training to qualified First Responders from all over the nation. EMRTC will continue to provide training to our nation's First Responders to help them effectively respond to events involving explosives.

Resident Courses

  • Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings (IRTB)
  • Prevention of and Response to Suicide Bombing Incidents (PRSBI)

Online Course - http://www.emrtc.nmt.edu/training/upsbi.php

  • Understanding and Planning for School Bomb Incidents (UPSBI)

Mobile Course

  • Managing Terrorist Bombing Incidents (MTBI)

For further information visit http://www.emrtc.nmt.edu/training/

National Center for Biomedical Research and Training:

The National Center for Biomedical Research and Training (NCBRT), Academy of Counter-Terrorist Education at Louisiana State University (LSU) is a founding member of the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC) and has been involved in the development and delivery of training and related efforts since 1998. Since that time, the NCBRT has developed and delivered for the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security, Justice, Health and Human Services, and Agriculture, as well as for state and local jurisdictions, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector, many courses dealing with weapons of mass destruction, counter-terrorism, and high consequence events, for all disciplines including emergency management, law enforcement (including tactical operations), hazmat teams, public health, EMS, hospital, agricultural, and others. The NCBRT has also developed and delivered numerous workshops and seminars, developed scenarios and exercises, and has provided technical assistance to governmental and non-governmental entities. Not only are the capabilities of the NCBRT wide and deep, but they can be readily augmented by the scientists, researchers, and educators available from LSU. For additional information on NCBRT courses, contact LSU at http://www.ncbrt.lsu.edu/

Mobile courses

  • Awareness and Response to Biological Events
  • Preparing Communities for Agroterrorism: Awareness Level
  • Prevention and Deterrence of Terrorist Acts by Law Enforcement
  • Transit Terrorist Tools and Tactics
  • A Prepared Jurisdiction: Integrated Response to a WMD Incident
  • Advanced Forensic Investigations for Hazardous Events
  • WMD Advanced Tactical Operations
  • Emergency Response to Domestic Biological Incidents
  • Introduction to the Computer-Aided Management of Emergency Operations (CAMEO) Suite
  • Operational WMD Response for Law Enforcement
  • Public Safety WMD Response- Sampling Techniques and Guidelines
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction Tactical Operations
  • Executive Seminar: Prevention of, Response to, and Recovery from Campus Emergencies
  • Instructor Development Workshop
  • Preparedness and Response to Agricultural Terrorism
  • Terrorist Threat Guidelines: Law Enforcement Planning and Response to Changing Threat Levels
  • Utilizing Computer-Aided Management of Emergency Operations (CAMEO) in WMD
  • Tactical Planning for WMD Incidents

Online courses- www.ncbrt.lsu.edu/elearn

  • AWR-117-W Preparing Communities for Agroterrorism: Awareness Level
  • AWR-119-W Prevention and Deterrence of Terrorist Acts: An Overview for All Disciplines
  • AWR-122-W Prevention and Deterrence of Terrorist Acts: Law Enforcement Version
  • AWR- 161-W Nurses on the Front Line: Preparing for and Responding to Emergencies and Disasters
  • AWR-190-W Foundational Awareness of WMD/Terrorism
  • AWR-191-W Introduction to NIMS/NRP
  • AWR-192-W Effects of WMD/T Incidents on Mass Sheltering
  • AWR-193-W Effects of WMD/Terrorist Incidents on Mass Feeding
  • AWR-194-W Effects of WMD/T Incidents on Bulk Distribution
  • AWR-195-W Disaster Mental Health Considerations During a Weapons of Mass Destruction/Terrorist Incident
  • AWR-197-W eCore Disaster Life Support

Texas A&M University National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center:

Texas A&M delivers a set of courses to prepare public officials, emergency medical services, law enforcement, fire protection, and public works for the threat posed by WMD. Courses are developed and designed to provide each specific segment of the emergency response community with the tools needed to accomplish its role in the event of a WMD incident. Additionally, Texas A&M has developed an Interactive Internet WMD Awareness Course for emergency responders. Texas A&M also provides technical assistance to state and local jurisdictions in the development of WMD assessment plans. Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) offers the following courses of instruction: WMD Threat and Risk Assessment, WMD Incident Management/Unified Command, Emergency Response to Terrorism Basic Concepts, Emergency Medical Operations, and WMD Awareness (Internet course). For additional information on TEEX courses visit TEEX at http://www.teex.com/

Resident courses

TEEX offers a wide variety of resident courses for all public safety disciplines. Courses range from ICS to law enforcement tactics to code enforcement, public health, EMS, and school safety, among many others. Visit TEEX Resident Courses for more information. A sample of courses follows:

  • MGT313 Incident Management / Unified Command (MGT-313) (ICS-300 Equivalent and Compliant)
  • MGT344 Advanced Incident Management / Unified Command
  • PER211 EMS Operations & Planning for Weapons of Mass Destruction
  • PER212 WMD/Terrorism Incident Defensive Operations for Emergency Responders
  • MGT317 Public Works: Planning for and Responding to a Terrorism/WMD Incident
  • MGT342 Senior Officials - Disaster Management for Water and Wastewater
  • MGT343 Disaster Management for Water and Wastewater Utilities
  • MGT345 Disaster Management for Electric Power Systems
  • MGT311 Mayoral Institute Seminar for All-Hazards Preparedness
  • MGT312 Senior Officials Workshop (SOW) for All-Hazards Preparedness
  • MGT314 Enhanced Incident Management Unified Command Course
  • MGT318 Public Information in a WMD/Terrorism Incident
  • MGT319 Bioterrorism: Mass Prophylaxis Preparedness & Planning
  • MGT340 Crisis Leadership & Decision-Making for Elected Officials
  • OGT101 Emergency Operation Center (EOC) Operations and Planning for All-Hazards
  • MGT310 Threat & Risk Assessment Course
  • MGT315 Enhanced Threat and Risk Assessment
  • OGT301 Threat & Risk Assessment Course
  • MGT316 Development a State/Regional CBRNE Task Force
  • PER213 Wide Area Search

Online courses (WMD only)

  • AWR-110 WMD/Terrorism Awareness for Emergency Responders
  • AWR-111 Emergency Medical Services (EMS) for WMD Incidents: Basic Concepts
  • PER 301 Children and Nerve Agents
  • PER 302 Canine Emergency Medical Care
  • Per 303 Emergency Management Concerns for the First Responder in Terrorism and Disasters
  • PER 304 Medical Effects of Primary Blast Injury
  • PER 305 Bacillus Anthracis
  • PER 306 Botulism
  • PER 307 Avian Influenza
  • AWR-112 Public Works for WMD Incidents: Basic Concepts
  • MGT-101 Incident Management/Unified Command Internet Course

U.S. Department of Energy's Nevada Test Site (NTS) Counter-Terrorism Operations Support (CTOS):

NTS conducts large-scale field exercises using a wide range of live agent stimulants, as well as explosives. NTS develops and delivers a Radiological/Nuclear Agents courses for emergency first responders. This training prepares the responders to take immediate, decisive action to prevent or mitigate terrorist use of radiological or nuclear WMDs, such as Improvised Nuclear Devices (INDs) and Radiological Dispersal Devices (RDDs or “dirty bombs”). Training courses and exercises conducted at the NTS, municipality-hosted locations, and online, provide state and local first responders with the tools they need to protect their communities from these threats.

Resident Courses

  • PER-241 WMD Radiological/Nuclear Course for Hazardous Materials Technicians
  • PER-243-1 Personal Radiation Detector Train the Trainer

Mobile Training Courses

  • AWR-140 WMD Radiological/Nuclear Awareness
  • AWR-140-1 WMD Radiological/Nuclear Awareness Train the Trainer
  • AWR-160 WMD Awareness Level
  • PER-240 WMD Radiological/Nuclear Responder Operations
  • PER-243 Personal Radiation Detector (PRD)

Online courses- http://www.nts-ctos.com

  • AWR-160 WMD Awareness Course Post-Test
  • AWR-160 WMD Awareness Course Pre-Test
  • AWR-140 WMD Radiological/Nuclear Awareness

For more information visit http://www.ctosnnsa.org/index.html

Dugway Proving Ground (DPG)

As the nation’s designated chemical and biological major range and test facility base, Dugway Proving Ground provides testing and support for chemical and biological defense and related programs.

Resident Course

  • Advanced Chemical and Biological Integrated Response Course

For more information visit http://www.dugway.army.mil/SpecialPrograms.aspx.

Amy Lindsey
Address: Indiana Government Center South
302 W. Washington St., Room E208
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2739

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