The Environmental Training Center at Kirkwood College in Cedar Rapids has won a two-million dollar federal grant to continue its efforts to train people to fight and respond to terrorism. Doug Feil is the director of environmental health and safety training at Kirkwood. He says the grant will fund training in all 99 Iowa counties for emergency planning and response to terrorists and other large-scale incidents.He says the training you get for a terrorist incident can be used almost the same as the response and planning for a tornado, fire or chemical release. Feil says the training will focus on what he calls “non-first responders” — or people who’re not police or emergency personnel. He says when an event happens, a variety of agencies get involved from the D-O-T to the water and sewer departments. Feil says the training for this program will get started sometime next year. He says the main training will probably start next spring via the Iowa Communications Network, live sites and community colleges. Feil says this training is an addition to the other training programs that are planned, or ongoing at Kirkwood. He says they’ve also received funding for a national mass fatalities institute that deals with preparing communities for large scale incidents of death. That would include things such as a terrorism attack or a plane crash. Up to 63-hundred people could be trained in the new program.
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