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Training provides first responders, homeland security officials, emergency management officials, private and non-governmental partners, and other personnel with the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform key tasks required by specific capabilities. Organizations should make training decisions based on information derived from the assessments, strategies, and plans developed in previous steps of the Preparedness Cycle. Regions, States and urban areas conduct Training and Exercise Planning Workshops (T&EPW) to review and establish priorities for training and exercises and develop Multi-Year Training and Exercise Plans to address the priorities.

National Training Program

The National Training Program (NTP) provides an organized approach to training for emergency managers and emergency response providers across the Nation that supports the National Preparedness Guidelines. The NTP will provide policy, guidance, and tools that address training design, development, delivery, and evaluation, as appropriate. The NTP will support the development, promulgation, and regular updating, as necessary, of national voluntary consensus standards for training; and ensure that the training provided under the NTP is consistent with the standards.

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FEMA Training Organizations

Center for Domestic Preparedness

The Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) is the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS)'s only federally chartered Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) training center. The CDP is located in Anniston, Alabama. The Noble Training Facility is also a component of the CDP.

Emergency Management Institute

The Emergency Management Institute (EMI) serves as the national focal point for the development and delivery of emergency management training to enhance the capabilities of federal, state, local, and tribal government officials, volunteer organizations, and the public and private sectors to minimize the impact of disasters.

Training and Exercise Integration/Training Operations  

Training and Exercise Integration/ Training Operations (TEI/TO) serves the Nation's first responder community, offering more than 125 courses to help build critical skills that responders need to function effectively in mass consequence events. TEI/TO primarily serves state, local, and tribal entities in 10 professional disciplines, but has expanded to serve private sector and citizens in recognition of their significant role in domestic preparedness. TEI/TO draws upon a diverse group of training providers, also referred to as training partners, to develop and deliver TEI/TO approved training courses. These training providers include the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC), the Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium (RDPC), the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), and Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP), among others. TEI/TO also provides oversight to the Competitive Training Grants Program (CTGP) which awards funds to competitively selected applicants to develop and deliver innovative training programs addressing high priority national homeland security training needs.

National Fire Academy

The National Fire Academy (NFA) is the training delivery arm of the United States Fire Administration (USFA).

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Federal Law Enforcement Training Center

The FLETC serves as an interagency law enforcement training organization for more than 80 Federal agencies. The Center also provides services to state, local, and international law enforcement agencies.

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Last Modified: Tuesday, 05-May-2009 12:22:02 EDT