COLLEGE STATION, Texas — More than 150 emergency responders and instructors are expected to participate in the National Emergency Services Training Conference scheduled for July 8-9 at the Renaissance Hotel in Nashville.
The conference, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, will include topics ranging from emerging terrorist threats to weapons of mass destruction response. Three specific conference tracks are being offered for operations, emergency medical services and emergency management.
Delivering the conference’s opening address on “Response to Hurricane Katrina” will be U.S. Coast Guard Commander Michael Hunt in conjunction with emergency response experts John Linstrom of Apple Valley, Calif., and Charles Hood of Phoenix. Other conference highlights include a tabletop exercise for participants in each track and presentations by the Tennessee National Guard’s 45th Civil Support Team.
Several equipment vendors will also display the latest homeland security technology as part of the conference.
The Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), a member of The Texas A&M University System, is one of the country’s premier providers of homeland security training, exercises and technical assistance. The agency is a founding member of the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium through its National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center .
Since 1998, TEEX has delivered more than 5,000 WMD/terrorism incident courses to more than 204,000 emergency responders representing all U.S. states and territories. Overall, TEEX trains more than 80,000 emergency responders each year from across the country and more than 45 countries.