LSU Emergency Training Center Awarded Multi-Million Dollar Homeland Security Grant

BATON ROUGE – The Department of Homeland Security has awarded $22 million to the LSU National Center for Biomedical Research and Training/Academy of Counter-Terrorist Education, or LSU NCBRT/ACE, through the department’s Homeland Security National Training Program.

This funding allows LSU NCBRT/ACE to deliver high-quality emergency preparedness training to civilians and first responders at the state, local, tribal and territorial level at no cost to participants. The organization’s programs have been recognized by the National Sheriff’s Association as the highest quality training that can be provided to the nation’s law enforcement.

This funding will allow LSU NCBRT/ACE to reach more than 20,000 individuals across 600 jurisdictions nationwide. The grant will fund a broad array of training classes, especially those in high-demand like the active shooter virtual reality trainings.

The virtual reality classes give participants the ability to train for a variety of active shooter scenarios and locations. Participants are outfitted with technology that allows them to immerse themselves in the scene and move around freely in a controlled environment.

“We are honored to receive this grant for our program, and proud to have wide ranging support around the country for the work we do,” said LSU NCBRT/ACE Director Jeff Mayne. “With this grant, we will continue to make a significant impact on the quality of training first responders receive, and we are committed to providing the best training and expertise available to civilians and first responders in order to keep our communities safe.”

Since 1998, LSU NCBRT/ACE has developed and delivered DHS-certified training to responders throughout the U.S.  LSU NCBRT/ACE, along with more than 320 top subject-matter experts throughout the country, train participants in the areas of specialized law enforcement operations; emergency response to biological incidents; and response to food and agricultural emergencies.

“This information is vital and important, and LSU NCBRT/ACE’s training has already had a positive impact on the staff at my school district,” said Shaka Rucker, safety coordinator for the Central Consolidated School District in Shiprock, New Mexico. “I hope to bring more school districts, the New Mexico Indian Health Services and other organizations in my area into more trainings in the future.”




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