Kinshasa Sayers, an emergency responder from the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus Police Department, recently completed training offered by the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP), in Anniston, Alabama. The CDP is operated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and is the only federally chartered Weapons of Mass Destructions (WMD) training facility in the nation.
Officer Sayers has been with the University Police Department for eight years. He serves as a trainer and was recently recognized for his outstanding commitment as a trainer receiving the 2014 Stephen Emerson Award for Outstanding Instructor. The information learned during this training will be shared by Officer Sayers in future University Police Department trainings.
The CDP develops and delivers advance training for emergency response providers, emergency managers, and other government officials from state, local and tribal governments. The CDP offers more than 40 training courses focusing on incident management, mass casualty response, and emergency response to a catastrophic national disaster or terrorist act. Training at the CDP campus is federally funded at not coast to the state, local and tribal emergency response professionals or their agency.
A number of resident training courses culminate at the CDP’s Chemical, Ordnance, Biological and Radiological (COBRA) Training Facility. The COBRA is 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.