Clarification on Live Agent Training at the CDP

Saturday, April 8, 2017



We would like to clarify a story that we aired earlier this week about live agent training at the Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston. Our story indicated that the Federal Emergency Management Agency said training would continue at the CDP following an investigation into a toxic substance found at the facility. While training with simulated agents does continue, a FEMA spokesperson says the live agent training remains suspended with no date in place to resume. FEMA opened an investigation when it was discovered that trainees at the CDP had used a version of ricin as opposed to a less-lethal version of the biological agent the CDP thought it had ordered. A FEMA spokeswoman issued a statement which says in part: “Soon after discovering that a vendor had shipped and the CDP had used a more toxic version of ricin in training, FEMA suspended all chemical and biological operations at the CDP Chemical, Ordnance, Biological and Radiological Training Facility.  We found there were additional measures CDP could have taken to verify vendor assurances and increase its safety culture. FEMA has since taken several steps to verify and catalog procedures and identify additional enhancements to ensure the safest training environment possible.”


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