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Local Responder Attends Homeland Security Training
Wednesday, September 24, 2008 • Posted September 24, 2008

Emergency Responder Kaden Baker, of Mason, and member of the Texas Animal Health Commission recently completed Homeland Security training at the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP), located in Anniston, Ala. Baker attended the WMD Basic Agricultural Emergency Response Training (AgERT) course that provides the agricultural and traditional emergency responder with an overview of agro terrorism and CBRNE hazards in the agricultural sector. Training culminates with a scenario-driven practical exercise involving a response to a hazardous event. The final exercise is delivered at Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

The course is very unique and puts the response provider in an element that requires the wearing of proper equipment and the handling of livestock.

The CDP is operated by the United States Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and is the only federally-chartered Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) 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, Healthcare, Law Enforcement, Public Health, Public Safety Communications, and Public Works.

Healthcare and Public Health training is conducted at the CDP’s Noble Training Facility, the nation’s only hospital facility dedicated to training hospital and healthcare professionals in disaster preparedness and response.

Many training courses culminate at the CDP’s Chemical, Ordnance, Biological and Radiological Training Facility, the nation’s only facility featuring civilian training exercises in a true toxic environment, using chemical agents. The advanced hands-on training enables responders to effectively prevent, respond to, and recover from real-world incidents involving acts of terrorism and other hazardous materials.

Baker was 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.

Additional information about CDP training programs can be found at For more information or for training photograph requests, contact the CDP at 256-847-2316 or 2212 or simply respond to this email. You may also contact the Texas Animal Health Commission for more information regarding this emergency response provider.

FEMA coordinates the federal government’s role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.

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