LSU Center Awarded $22 Million to Develop and Deliver Preparedness Training09/11/2018
BATON ROUGE – The Department of Homeland Security has awarded $22,000,000 to LSU’s National Center for Biomedical Research and Training/Academy of Counter-Terrorist Education, or LSU NCBRT/ACE, through the fiscal year 2018 Homeland Security National Training Program, National Domestic Preparedness Consortium award. This funding allows LSU NCBRT/ACE to develop and deliver preparedness training to state, local, tribal and U.S. territorial responders, at no direct cost to the agency trained. This ensures all U.S. responders have access to high-quality training.
“We have been fortunate to have our local congressional delegation leadership support this LSU-housed program and have had a very strong bipartisan support across the nation supporting our program,” said Jeff Mayne, LSU NCBRT/ACE director.
“I was proud to join my colleagues in expressing my support for the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations bill,” Sen. Jon Tester, ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, recently said in reference to subsequent fiscal year 2019 appropriations. “We must make responsible investments in things like law enforcement and public health, which strengthen our economy and are critical to the health, education, and well-being of Montana families.”
LSU NCBRT/ACE has developed and delivered DHS-certified mobile preparedness training throughout the U.S. to responders since 1998. To date, the center has trained more than 378,562 participants in the areas of specialized law enforcement operations; emergency response to biological incidents; and response to food and agricultural emergencies.
LSU NCBRT/ACE, along with more than 290 of the top subject-matter experts in the country, quickly adapt training to meet the latest needs of responders as national security threats change.
New training offered over the last year has focused on response to active threats, especially in a school setting. The “Active Threat Integrated Response Course,” or ATIRC, was developed to improve integration between law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical services during active threat events.
That’s exactly how the course has helped John Prachar, deputy director of the fire academy at Monmouth County Fire Marshal’s Office.
“I find myself dealing with multiple organizations in training scenarios. The knowledge and experience I gained with ATIRC has made interoperability with these organizations less stressful and more seamless. My ability to interact in a more proactive way with various public safety organizations was most useful,” Prachar said.
LSU NCBRT/ACE also offers the “Campus Emergencies Prevention, Response and Recovery” course to colleges and universities and recently developed a customized version of the course for primary schools. These courses assist the school community and the neighboring jurisdiction in developing the necessary decision-making skills to prevent, protect, mitigate the effects of, respond to, and recover from an active shooter situation or other campus emergency.
“We continuously develop new and innovative approaches to new world problems capitalizing on our successes, failures we observe, and ever-evolving complexities that seem to envelop our day-to-day lives,” said Mayne. “Whether it is protecting our children in schools, training responders in new and advanced approaches, or lending our expertise to foreign allies, we remain committed to development and delivery of the best training and educational practices to maintain our values and freedoms.”
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