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Dan Conkle, left, of Leech Lake Ambulance and Brandon Winger of Clearwater Ambulance Service attended Homeland Security training at the Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Ala. Submitted Photo

Emergency responders complete Homeland Security training

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Emergency responders Brandon Winger of Clearwater Ambulance Service and Dan Conkle of Leech Lake Ambulance, recently completed Homeland Security training at the Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Ala.


Both responders are members of Beltrami County's North Country First Responders.

The CDP is operated b the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency and is the only federally charted Weapons of Mass Destruction training facility in the nation.

The CDP proves federally funded interdisciplinary training for emergency responders in mobile training teams across the United States and the U.S. territories for 10 response disciplines: emergency management, emergency medical service, fire service, governmental administrative, hazardous materials, health care, law enforcement, public health, public safety communications and public works.

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

A number of resident training courses culminate at the CDP's Chemical, Ordnance, Biological and Radiological Training Facility, 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 hazardous materials.

For details on CDP training programs, visit

Winger and Conkle are also attending additional training in emergency medical operations for chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive events, and health care emergency management classes.