LSU NCBRT/ACE to Lead National Domestic Preparedness Consortium
August 1, 2020
Beginning in August, the LSU National Center for Biomedical Research and Training/Academy of Counter-Terrorist Education will assume leadership of the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium, one of the federal government’s largest emergency response training entities.
Founded in 1998, The NDPC is a partnership of seven national organizations, including LSU NCBRT/ACE, that is committed to serving the urgent need to address the counter-terrorism and emergency preparedness needs of first responders. Leadership in the consortium rotates among these members. The NDPC is a training component of the DHS/FEMA National Training and Education Division.
NDPC training has benefited more than 3.14 million responders since 1998. In 2019, the consortium's various programs and resources meet the training and education needs of more than 197 thousand state, local, tribal and territorial emergency responders and employees.
LSU NCBRT/ACE Director Jeff Mayne will serve as chair of the consortium. He takes over from fellow NDPC member Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service Chair Al Davis. The chairmanship for the NDPC is rotated every three years among the leaders of consortium's organizations.
“It is with great honor, dedication and focused resilience that I assume the role of chair of the NDPC,” Mayne said. “My goal as chair is to ensure that the NDPC will continue to focus on training to fulfill our vision to continuously enhance the preparedness and safety of our nation.”
In addition to Mayne taking the role of chair, two other LSU NCBRT/ACE employees will serve in NDPC leadership positions as committee heads. NCBRT Operations and Plans Assistant Director Deyvon Cooper will serve as chair of the NDPC Operations Committee, while IT Assistant Director Brian Parker will serve as chair of the consortium’s IT committee. NCBRT Research and Development Assistant Director Sarah Proctor will continue in her role as head of the NDPC’s Curriculum committee.
About LSU NCBRT/ACE:
LSU NCBRT/ACE is a nationally recognized center for emergency preparedness and response training located at Louisiana State University’s flagship campus in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. We provide mobile training to both the national and international emergency response community. LSU NCBRT/ACE has expertise in research, development and delivery of training in the areas of specialized law enforcement operations; biological incident response; food and agriculture safety and security; school safety; and instructional design and technique.