Training and Exercises

Core Goal #7 Training and Exercises

Every region in Maryland should have a fully funded program of annual training and preparedness exercises which address the most likely hazards and threats for that area, including drills with partner jurisdictions that may provide mutual aid at least twice per year. The training and exercise program should include refresher training on specialized and personal protective equipment and exercise in core competency areas such as the use of interoperable communications equipment.

Why are Training and Exercises important?
Training and exercise prepares first responders, validates plans, and reinforces capabilities needed during an emergency.  Training consists of classroom and hands-on lessons in subject-matter areas important to first responders and emergency managers.  Exercises are scenario driven practice sessions, such as table-top talk-only drills as well as full-scale drills where responders execute actual operations in the field.  Closely related to training and exercises are after-action examinations to ensure that lessons learned during an exercise can applied during a future event.  

Governor O'Malley's Strategic Plan for Training and Exercises:

7A – Every region in Maryland should have a fully funded program of annual training and preparedness exercises which address the most likely hazards and threats for that area.

• Develop a single statewide exercise and training strategy which coordinates all state agency and local exercises and trainings.
• Support local jurisdictions and State Agencies in the development of exercises which support core homeland security goals.

7B – All training and exercise after-action reports and improvement plans should be integrated into existing procedures to improve statewide, regional, and local preparedness.

• Develop a system for implementation of improvement plans at the state level to ensure that lessons learned during exercises are fully integrated.
• Assist local jurisdictions in the development and implementation of improvement plans.

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