CDP Twitter Highlights First Responder Training

The Center for Domestic Preparedness’ new Twitter site offers another venue where first responders can learn about fully funded training opportunities, get up-to-date news on CDP training and read students’ tweets about their own CDP training experiences.

The CDP’s primary mission is to train state, local and tribal emergency response providers, as well as the Federal government, foreign governments, and private entities, as available.  A popular aspect of the courses is the hands-on training with a multi-disciplined audience. In addition, the CDP is the only civilian facility that trains with toxic chemical and live biological agents. The center also has the only hospital facility in the United States dedicated to training hospital and healthcare professionals in disaster preparedness and response.

The CDP’s Twitter site includes announcements and information about upcoming courses and class seat availability; links to photos and videos of the CDP’s hands-on training; and a forum for potential students to ask questions prior to training at the CDP.

“The CDP has trained nearly 800,000 students in our resident, non-resdident and train-the-trainer courses,” said CDP acting superintendent Mike King. “A lot of our students tell us they first heard about the CDP by word of mouth. Now that we’re on Twitter, we’re taking that word-of-mouth communication to the next level. The CDP offers some great courses for state, local and tribal responders. We offer training that most departments cannot offer at home.  And, just like our courses, our tweets will be a great collaborative effort that I hope will result in a lot of cross talk and networking within the emergency responder communities.”

The site,, officially launched Aug. 26.  For more information on the CDP, follow the CDP on Twitter, check out the CDP Facebook site at or the center’s website at

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