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Sun Life staff member completes disaster training program

March 30th, 2016

Sun Life staff member completes disaster training program

Last month, Sun Life staff member Anita Fijalka (QI Coordinator) completed her disaster training through the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP).

This training, offered by the CDP in Anniston, Ala. The CDP is operated by the United States Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency and is the only federally-chartered Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) training facility in the nation.

Anita has served as the Disaster Preparedness Coordinator Sun Life for the past nine years for with Sun Life Family Health Center (SLFHC). Through participation in various academic courses, hands-on training, and exercises, Anita qualified as a candidate for the Healthcare Leadership Course offered to members of the AzCHER Central Region coalition by the CDP.

 

SLFHC is an active participant in the federally funded Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) Grant which is directed under the auspices of AZ Dept. of Health Services and funded by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR). The AZ office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response was created to detect and respond to natural or intentional disaster events. 

The CDP develops and delivers advanced training for emergency response providers, emergency managers, and other government officials from state, local, and tribal governments. The CDP offers more than 40 training courses focusing on incident management, mass casualty response, and emergency response to a catastrophic natural disaster or terrorist act. Training at the CDP campus is federally funded at no cost to state, local, and tribal emergency response professionals or their agency.

Resident training at the CDP includes healthcare and public health courses at the Noble Training Facility, the nation's only hospital dedicated to training healthcare professionals in disaster preparedness and response.

A number of resident training courses culminate at the CDP's Chemical, Ordnance, Biological and Radiological (COBRA) Training Facility. The COBRA Training Facility is the nation's only facility featuring civilian training exercises in a true toxic environment using chemical agents. The advanced hands-on training enables responders to effectively prevent, respond to, and recover from real-world incidents involving acts of terrorism and other hazardous materials.

Responders participating in CDP training gain critical skills and confidence to respond effectively to local incidents or potential WMD events.

Information about CDP training programs can be found at http://cdp.dhs.gov. Visit the “News & Media” tab at the top of the site to download images, share CDP training articles, and find out what others are saying about CDP training. For more information about the CDP, contact the CDP External Affairs Office, at (256) 847-2212/2316 or e-mail pao@cdpemail.dhs.gov.

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