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CDP offers free healthcare leadership training.

The Center for Domestic Preparedness offers a number of emergency response courses at the Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Ala., including the Healthcare Leadership and Decision-Making (HCL) course and the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness course, both approved for CEUs and CMEs.

The former U.S. Army Noble Hospital was converted into a training site for health and medical education in disasters and mass casualty events in 1999. The CDP has operated the Noble Training Facility since 2007, and completely funds all training--to include travel, meals and lodging for state, local, and tribal emergency responders, including registered nurses.

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"There is a lot of training to be done, not only with the hospitals but with all other services and agencies that may be involved in a mass casualty incident," remarked Tammy Pass, HCL Manager. "Having participated in HCL training, a healthcare responder will leave here with a better idea of how all the pieces should work together to accomplish this goal."

The 32-hour HCL course lasts four days and includes both classroom instruction and realistic scenario-based exercises--complete with the expected chaos, noise, power failures, media briefs, and even victims from a mass casualty event. Nurses and physicians may earn 32 educational units.

The CDP provides nine healthcare courses. For additional information about training opportunities at the CDP, visit http://cdp.dhs.gov or contact Western Region Coordinator, Mr. Chris Caputo, (866) 213-9548, caputoc@cdpemail.dhs.gov.

By Shannon Arledge, Center for Disaster Preparedness Public Affairs

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