First Responder Training through Partner Consortiums

National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC)

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 all hazards including chemical, biological, radiological, and explosive Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) hazards.  Go to NDPC

Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium (RDPC)

The nation’s rural emergency responders face unique challenges when compared to their urban counterparts. RDPC is a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funded program providing training and resources to rural first responders. RDPC courses are offered both in-person and online, and are provided at no cost.  (Mobile courses) Go to RDPC

NDPC Members and RDPC provide training to plan, prevent, and respond to:   Member
  • Active Shooters                                                                                                      
  • Agroterrorism                                                                                                                        
  • Biological Terrorism Agents                                                                                                 
  • Bombing Incidents                                                                                                                
  • Coastal Hazard Preparedness                                                                                             
  • Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives (CBRNE)                             
  • Disaster Management                                                                                                           
  • Field Force Command and Planning                                                                                     
  • Food and Agriculture Security                                                                                             
  • Hazardous Materials                                                                                                             
  • Infrastructure/Public Utilities                                                                                                 
  • Mass Casualties                                                                                                                      
  • Natural Disaster Awareness                                                                                                 
  • Port and Vessel Security                                                                                                        
  • Rail Incidents   Update: SERTC Receives DHS/FEMA Funding (see below)                      
  • Rural Community Planning and Preparedness                                                                      
  • Search and Rescue                                                                                                                
  • Social Media for Disaster Response and Recovery                                                              
  • Tsunami Awareness                                                                                                              
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)                                                                               
  • And more.

NDPC Members

CDP – Center for Domestic Preparedness:  This facility serves as the platform for tactical operations training in a contaminated environment that includes nerve agents (GB-Sarin/VX), simulated biological hazards (Ricin/Anthrax), and radiological sources. The CDP's Noble Training Facility (NTF) is a hospital venue that serves as a platform for multiple healthcare, emergency medical service, public health, and environmental health courses. NTF provides participants with a realistic training environment designed to prepare and challenge professionals for mass casualty incidents as a result of a catastrophic natural disaster or terrorist act.  (Resident courses)

CTOS – Center for Radiological/Nuclear Training, National Nuclear Security Administration:  Delivers specialized training related to the detection, response, and mitigation of radiological/nuclear incidents, providing responders with hands-on experience in a controlled radiologically contaminated environment. CTOS is a one-of-a-kind outdoor laboratory and experimental center originally established as the Atomic Energy Commissions on-continent proving ground and has conducted more than four decades of nuclear weapons testing.  (Resident and mobile courses)

EMRTC – The Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center: Provides specialized training that focuses on explosives and incendiary devices. This training includes controlled detonations of improvised explosives providing responders firsthand understanding of and experience with a range of improvised explosive devices from letter bombs to vehicle bombs. EMRTC is a division of the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (New Mexico Tech) in Socorro, NM.  (Resident courses)

NCBRT – National Center for Biomedical Research and Training:  Specializes in curriculum on biological terrorism agents and topics in the law enforcement discipline, including prevention and deterrence. The biological curriculum is based on completed and ongoing studies on agents, such as anthrax, through a bio-safety level 3 laboratories.  (Mobile courses)

NDPTC – National Disaster Preparedness Training Center:  Works collaboratively to develop and deliver training and education in the areas of disaster preparedness, response, and recovery to governmental, private, tribal, and non-profit entities, and underrepresented/under-served communities. It incorporates urban planning and environmental management, emphasizing community preparedness and addressing the needs of vulnerable at-risk populations.  (Mobile courses)

TEEX – Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center: Prepares state and local officials for the management challenge posed by Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) through hands-on, scenario-driven training and computer-based simulations. The Emergency Operations Training Center uses state-of-the-art simulation and computer-based technologies to train first responders and city officials to manage a crisis through a unified command approach with realistic, real-time simulation and training analysis at a command-post level not provided by any other organization.


October 2, 2014 – Security & Emergency Response Training Center (SERTC) in Pueblo, Colorado has been awarded funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 Homeland Security National Training Program through the Department of Homeland Security.  This funding provides financial assistance to our nation’s State, Local and Tribal emergency response and preparedness communities to attend eight of our training courses beginning October 1, 2014 – December 31, 2015. The courses available are:

  • PER-290 Tank Car Specialist (TCS)
  • PER-291 Highway Emergency Response Specialist (HERS)
  • PER-292 Leadership and Management of Surface Transportation Incidents (LMSTI)
  • PER-293 HazMat/WMD Technician for Surface Transportation (HWMDTST)
  • Crude by Rail Emergency Response (CBR)
  • Surface Transportation Emergency Preparedness & Security (STEPS) 
  • STEPS-Mass Transit Passenger 
  • STEPS-Freight Rail 

Register at:

State Point of Contact
Stephanie M. Hakala
State Exercise & Training Coordinator
(253) 512-7046 or

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