“Creating a real-world environment for WMD incident command training” by Sells, Wilson, Brandt and Johnston

  • ©Jonathan Sells, Andrew Wilson, Jason Brandt, and Vicki Johnston

  • ©Jonathan Sells, Andrew Wilson, Jason Brandt, and Vicki Johnston

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    Creating a real-world environment for WMD incident command training

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    The Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) has enjoyed tremendous success in its Incident Command training program, yet still strives for constant improvement. The first two days of this course consist primarily of lectures covering topics ranging from chemical weapon characteristics to the Incident Command Structure. On the third day, the student responders engage in an exercise in which they simulate the first four hours of a response to a weapon of mass destruction (WMD) event. The learning objectives for the exercise are for the responders to be empathetic to other agencies, to understand the resource requirements for a mass casualty terrorist event, and to be proactive and diligent in event planning in their own communities.


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