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Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium teams up with CDP for training week

For the first time, the Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium (RDPC) teamed up with the CDP to offer training specifically to responders from rural communities, Nov. 2 -5.

Sixty-seven responders from rural communities across the country converged on the CDP. For their first three days, the responders took one of two CDP courses, either Incident Command: Capabilities, Planning and Response Actions for All Hazards (IC) or Field Force Command and Planning (FFC) course. Then, on the fourth training day, the responders all took the RDPC course, Emergency Operations Planning for Rural Jurisdictions (EOP).

The idea of an RDPC/CDP joint training was sparked by discussions between CDP Superintendent Mike King and Lonnie Lawson, the President and CEO of the Center for Rural Development, based in Somerset, Ky.

“Mike King and I had discussed this concept for some time, and once we were able to discuss it with the leadership at [Department of Homeland Security], we started the planning,” Lawson said. “Since CDP has students in on a weekly basis, we wanted to see how it would be to include an outside trainer. We hoped to be able to take advantage of CDP having students on site already and to provide other classes than what the CDP offers.”

A rural city or town is one that has a population of less than 50,000 residents, according to Kent Latimer, chief of the CDP’s Training Management Branch.

“The benefit of a joint CDP/RDPC training opportunity is that we are better able to maximize the funds appropriated for response training while at the same time impacting the readiness of smaller, rural communities,” Latimer explained.

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