What We Do

Overview of NCSP

The National Center for Security & Preparedness (NCSP) was established in July 2007. It serves as the research center for the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity at the University at Albany, State University of New York.

NCSP’s approach to developing and delivering first responder training is one of the more innovative initiatives due to the synthesis of specialized delivery support components including a professional SimCell, highly developed Training Role Player program, and nationally recognized subject matter expertise.


Responding effectively to low frequency high-consequence incidents requires quick judgment and decision-making processes. Our consequence-driven training challenges participants to make quick and complex decisions in unpredictable and often hostile environments.  NCSP's courses accomplish this by immersing responders, emergency managers, analysts, and the wider homeland security community in realistic scenarios.


Our network of highly skilled and experienced practitioners facilitates the spectrum of NCSP's capabilities - from academic research to high-fidelity training and exercises. Additionally, NCSP has convened public policy leaders for topical colloquia, developed after-action reports, and provided support for other emergency management functions such as plan development and exercise design.

Our Impact

NCSP has emerged as a national leader on sophisticated training concepts, tactics, and techniques in support of law enforcement, firefighting, and emergency medical services. Prominent concepts include the Rescue Task Force (RTF), warm zone operations, and the principles of Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC). Throughout our courses, NCSP integrates principles of first responder safety, critical decision making, and strategic resource management.

NCPS’s most demonstrable achievement is its partnership with New York State- through which 30,000 first responders and Homeland Security professionals have been trained since 2013.