NTED draws upon a diverse group of training providers, also referred to as training partners, to develop and deliver NTED approved training courses. These training providers include the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC), the Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium (RDPC), and the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), among others.
National Domestic Preparedness Consortium
The NDPC is a partnership of several nationally recognized organizations whose membership is based on the urgent need to address counter-terrorism preparedness needs of the nation's emergency first responders within the context of chemical, biological, radiological, and explosive WMD hazards. At present, the NDPC forms the core of the NTED training program. Its members are responsible for training the majority of the responders who go through the NTED program. NDPC members include:
- Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP): FEMAs Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP), located in Anniston, Alabama, is the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS)'s only federally chartered Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) civilian training center. The CDP began operations in June 1998, and remains the only training center in the nation where civilian responders can train in a controlled toxic chemical agent, biological, and radiological environments. On March 31, 2007, the Noble Training Facility (NTF) was transferred from the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) to the CDP. NTF is the only hospital facility in the United States dedicated to training hospital and healthcare professionals in disaster preparedness and response.
- Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center (EMRTC) at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (NMIMT): EMRTC provides specialized training that focuses on explosives and incendiary devices. This training includes controlled detonations of improvised explosives providing responders first-hand understanding of and experience with a range of improvised explosive devices from letter bombs to vehicle bombs.
- National Center for Biomedical Research and Training (NCBRT) at Louisiana State University (LSU): NCBRT specializes in curriculum on biological terrorism agents and topics in the law enforcement discipline, including prevention and deterrence. The biological curriculum is based on completed and ongoing studies on agents, such as anthrax, through a bio-safety level 3 laboratory.
- National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center (NERRTC) at Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX): NERRTC prepares state and local officials for the management challenge posed by WMD through hands-on, scenario-driven training and computer-based simulations. The Emergency Operations Training Center uses state-of-the-art simulation and computer-based technologies to train first responders and city officials to manage a crisis through a unified command approach with realistic, real-time simulation and training analysis at a command-post level not provided by any other organization.
- U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Counter Terrorism Operations Support Program (CTOS) at Nevada Test Site (NTS): CTOS delivers specialized training related to the detection, response, and mitigation of radiological/nuclear incidents, providing responders with hands-on experience in a controlled radiologically contaminated environment. CTOS is a one-of-a-kind outdoor laboratory and experimental center originally established as the Atomic Energy Commissions on-continent proving ground and has conducted more than four decades of nuclear weapons testing.
- University of Hawaii (UH), National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC): NDPTC works collaboratively to develop and deliver training and education in the areas of disaster preparedness, response, and recovery to governmental, private, tribal, and non-profit entities, and under-represented/under-served communities. It incorporates urban planning and environmental management, emphasizing community preparedness and addressing the needs of vulnerable at-risk populations.
- Transportation Technology Center, Inc. (TTCI), National Center for Emergency Response in Surface Transportation (NCERST): TTCI provides unique training programs focusing on ground transportation. First responders experience hands-on exposure in responding to terrorist events, disasters, accidents and other critical incidents involving ground transportation including train tracks, locomotives, rail tanker cars, tank trucks, and hazardous chemical containers. TTCI also conducts training in mitigation, inspection, prevention, and emergency planning related to ground transportation.
Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium (RDPC)
In 2005, the Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium (RDPC) was established to lead the development and delivery of homeland security all-hazards preparedness training to rural communities across the Nation. Led by Eastern Kentucky University, the RDPC is comprised of academic partners that possess extensive experience and unique capabilities in serving the rural emergency response community. These partners include: East Tennessee State University, University of California, Davis, NorthWest Arkansas Community College, The University of Findlay, and North Carolina Central University.
Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS)
The Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense & Security (CHDS) has been the nation's premier provider of homeland security graduate and executive level education since 2002. NPS and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security are partnering to pioneer the development and delivery of homeland security education programs for governors, mayors and senior homeland security leaders from across a wide spectrum of disciplines in local, tribal, state and federal government, and the military. For more information on the Master's Degree program, Executive Leaders program and other resources including the Homeland Security Digital Library, please visit their website.
Other Training Providers
The following is a list of the other training partners who have developed or are developing training courses for NTED: