FEMA update on Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) Operations

FEMA recently provided an update on the status of the Center for Domestic Preparedness’s (CDP) suspension of biological and chemical training at the Chemical, Ordnance, Biological and Radiological Training Facility (COBRATF). “There is no higher priority than the health and safety of our employees and those we train. Currently senior agency officials are deployed to CDP to conduct an internal assessment of CDP operations, verifying and cataloging procedures to determine if enhancements should be made to maintain high standards that will reinforce a safety culture. The team is cataloging all recommendations from reviews and audits since 2008, and tracking the status of their implementation. The assessment team estimates that this review will go through March. FEMA will not resume training at the COBRATF until the assessment is complete. The CDP is notifying students, who are registered for training in the COBRATF for February and March, that they will receive the modified training that does not include live agents. Students can contact their CDP Regional Coordinator using the contact information at https://cdp.dhs.gov/contact, to discuss questions they may have about their specific class, or visit the CDP webpage for up to date information.

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