Lawrence W. Hiles, a volunteer Branson Fire Corp member recently completed training offered by the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP), in Anniston, Alabama. The CDP is operated by the United States Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and is the only federal-chartered Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) training facility in the nation. Hiles completed the course Technical Emergency Response Training for CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive) Incidents.
“This was great training that will help me help others as part of the Branson Fire & Rescue’s volunteer Fire Corp team,” stated Hiles. “I was impressed with the quality of training and the expertise of the instructors in some well – equipped training facilities to teach support strategies for CBRNE response.”
The CDP develops and delivers advanced training for emergency response providers, emergency managers, and other state and local government officials. The CDP offers more than 40 training courses focusing on incident management, mass casualty response, and emergency response to a catastrophic natural disaster or terrorist act. Training at the CDP campus is federally funded at no cost to state and local emergency responders. Responders participating in CDP training gain critical skills and confidence to respond effectively to local incidents or potential WMD events.
The Fire Corp is a volunteer support team for Branson Fire & Rescue. “Community members such as Lawrence volunteer their time to train in support roles to help our career firefighters in non-hazardous support roles on major incidents and even at large scale community events,” stated Fire Chief Ted Martin. To learn more about the fire departments volunteer programs including Fire Corp and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) programs contact the Branson Fire & Rescue Department at (417) 243-2780.