Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Fed funding aids TTCI intensive safety training program

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The Security and Emergency Response Training Center (SERTC), located at the Transportation Technology Center Inc. (TTCI) in Pueblo, Colo., is now enrolling emergency responders for hazardous material training through a federally funded program. Registration for training is available at www.sertc.org.

“Public safety personnel, firefighters, and law enforcement staffs have a new opportunity to receive the training that we have offered to the private sector for over two decades,” said SERTC General Manager Mike Cook.

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Front line responders from state, local, and tribalorganizations are being accepted in the first of a series of advanced, mode specific technician and specialist level courses that will prepare them with the knowledge and experience to deal successfully, effectively, and safely with large-scale emergencies involving hazardous materials and potential WMD (weapons of mass destruction) events in their home jurisdictions.

“The first NDPC class, the Tank Car Specialist class, began June 28 through July 2 and was attended by numerous DHS/FEMA funded first responders,” said Cook.  “It is a five-day, advanced training course with realistic and demanding hands-on response to rail related emergencies.”

A leadership and management course addressing surface transportation incidents is expected to receive Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Administration (DHS/FEMA) authorization soon, significantly expanding the capabilities of public safety responders to receive practical training commensurate with their responsibilities.