Center for Domestic Preparedness announces new leadership

Following an internal FEMA management review of the Chemical, Ordnance, Biological, and Radiological Training Facility (COBRATF) at the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) in Anniston, Alabama, FEMA leadership is working to address the key recommendations in the report, and take the necessary courses of action to restart the live agent training, while maintaining the highest standard of safety culture. To support the next phase, additional leadership support is necessary to fully implement recommendations and lead a culture of change, while carrying out day-to-day training facility operations. To oversee the additional changes, FEMA Senior Executive Tony Russell who currently serves as the superintendent of FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) in Emmitsburg, Maryland, will join the CDP leadership team on detail and serve as the acting superintendent, effective July 10, 2017. Russell joins Bruce Bush, who resumes his position as CDP’s deputy superintendent, to together lead the CDP in Its commitment to having an emergency response community prepared for and capable of responding to all-hazards events. The CDP provides unique, hands on training to more than 45,000 emergency responders a year from state, local and tribal agencies. Additionally, Paul Butki will serve as the acting Emergency Management Institute superintendent during Mr. Russell’s detail.

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