New chairman appointed to the NDPC
LSU official to head national agency
WASHINGTON — Jim Fernandez, director of the National Center for Security Research and Training at LSU, was appointed chairman of the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium on Friday.
The consortium is the main counter-terrorism training vehicle of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, or DHS, and has trained more than 1 million emergency responders since it was established in 1998.
Member organizations share a budget of $98 million that allows for training emergency responders in a variety of areas that help prepare for terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, natural disasters and other catastrophic events.
Members of the consortium include LSU's National Center for Biomedical Research and Training, Texas A&M University's National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center, the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, the Department of Energy's Nevada Test Site, the Transportation Technology Center Inc., the DHS Center for Domestic Preparedness and the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center at the University of Hawaii.