NCSP Conducts All-Day Training Needs Assessment and Stakeholder Focus Group on SPTC

04 March, 2012

On March 15, 2012, the NCSP, in support of the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (NYSDHSES), facilitated an all-day training needs assessment and stakeholder focus group on the use of the State Preparedness Training Center (SPTC) in Oriskany, NY.

This event was aimed at collecting the knowledge of first responders in shaping the construction of the SPTC and the ongoing development of the state's Homeland Security Strategic Training and Exercise Plan (HS-STEP) centered at the SPTC.

Over 60 Homeland Security Administrators and Executive Managers from local, state, and federal agencies attended the focus group to discuss the physical development of the SPTC and agency specific training needs in a number of areas. Representing agencies from across New York State, participants came from the fire service, EMS, law enforcement (state, local and federal), military, environmental protection, and emergency management.

All participants were provided with a thorough overview of the current and future state-of-the-art training facilities and capabilities at the SPTC. Participants expressed a wide range of training needs and an interest in future involvement with the SPTC.