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First Responder Training

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Nevada National Security Site (NNSS), is designated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), as the National Center for Combating Terrorism in responder preparation. The Nevada Test Site’s technical strengths and scientific infrastructure make it an important part of a global network of multi-user training, test, evaluation, and demonstration locations used in the war against terrorism.

The Counter Terrorism Operations Support (CTOS) Program at the NNSS develops and delivers training for emergency first responders. Participants are trained to take immediate, decisive action in preventing or mitigating terrorist use of radiological or nuclear WMDs, such as Improvised Nuclear Devices (INDs) and Radiological Dispersal Devices (RDDs or “dirty bombs”). Training courses and exercises conducted at the NNSS, municipality-hosted locations and online, provide state and local first responders with essential tools needed to protect their communities. A realistic operational environment is critical in training our nation’s first responders to prepare them both physically and psychologically for a WMD event.

This program trains approximately 10,000 first responders per year. For more information or to register for a class, visit the Counter Terrorism Operations Support web site at www.ctosnnsa.org.

The U.S. DOE, NNSA is a charter member of the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium (NDPC). NNSA develops and delivers training courses for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Preparedness Directorate (NPD) Training Exercise Integration and DHS Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO). Its continuing role is to provide expertise and training to the state and local emergency response community. This partnership of several nationally recognized public universities, the DHS, and NNSA are bound together into a single, well-coordinated and fully integrated training program of the highest caliber.

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Date Last Modified: February 20, 2014