NPI Services

Preventative Radiological/Nuclear Detection (PRND) Operations: Through a mobile training unit with 10 instructors located throughout the State of Florida, NPI provides training in radiation detection using Department of Homeland Security Domestic Nuclear Detection Office curriculum. This training helped to ensure the safety of attendees at the 2009 Super Bowl and Presidential Inauguration through a cooperative partnership with the Department of Homeland Security's Domestic Nuclear Detection Office. Since inception, this program has trained more than 600 Florida first responders on the use of preventative radiological detection devices.

Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP): Homeland Security is a broad industry with unique challenges. Police, Fire, Emergency Medical, Social Services, and Legal professionals each have established accrediting bodies and certification programs. A major shortcoming in the entry level training programs for these disciplines is a lack of cross-discipline exposure/familiarity. Communication breakdowns between these disciplines have negatively affected high profile cases and ultimately have caused unneeded stress on those involved significantly increasing communication barriers and mistakes made by officials once they enter the field. Interdisciplinary HSEEP exercises integrates multiple public service disciplines to work together just as they would in the field. Scenarios are guided by instructors and facilitated by partner agencies to make the experience as true-to-life as possible.

Leadership Academy: This program prepares first-line supervisors in agencies and organizations to exemplify the character and integrity expected of public service professionals. Course content will examine the various components necessary to be an effective leader. Participants in the program learn skills necessary to support the needs of their organization and needs within the community. Participants are exposed to ethical dilemmas common in public service and shown methods for exercising good judgment as a supervisor. Each module of curriculum provides further insight toward proactive problem solving, effective communication and related supervisory skills.

Crisis Leadership for Local Officials: This two-day workshop focuses on local regional-state coordination. Participants leave the workshop with a stronger understanding of inter-agency communication and information sharing and technical assistance for improved emergency management plans and reciprocal agreements. Skills are tested through mock-scenarios at the conclusion of the workshop's second day.

During the workshop, local officials, including commissioners, councilmen, heads of law enforcement and fire/rescue and high-level municipal workers identify hazards unique to their individual community, analyze the community's emergency management structure and learn where to find available state and federal resources to support the community before, during and after an emergency or crisis. This opportunity results in a more coordinated response to a crisis situation, an understanding of when to declare an emergency, how to successfully recoup funds after an emergency/crisis, potential legal obligations, resources provided by the Small Business Administration (SBA), the role of FEMA, and how to prepare a Hazards, Risks & Vulnerability Analysis for any given scenario.

The Crisis Leadership for Local Officials course was developed and presented by the National League of Cities in partnership with the International City and County Management Association, FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security.

Civil Support Readiness: Through a weeklong Initial Collective Lanes Training (ICLT), the National Preparedness Institute partners with the U.S. Army North division to conduct a training exercise for Civil Support Teams tasked with identifying chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) agents/substances at domestic sites, assess current and projected consequences, advise on response measures and assist with appropriate requests for additional support.

Short-Term Discipline Specific Training: Numerous one, two and three-day training events take place on a continual basis through IRSC and the Treasure Coast Public Safety Training Complex. These trainings range in topic and have included, but are not limited to: advanced defensive tactics, emergency response to elevator emergencies, basic rappelling, public safety dive training, concealed weapons permit course, firearms safety and community emergency response training.
 
Industry-Specific Consulting:  NPI provides customized consulting services such as research and report writing, grant management and curriculum development.  These services are tailored to the needs of the client.
 
For more information on any of NPI's services or to learn how NPI can uniquely help your agency or organization, contact Brenda Rante at (772) 462-7967 or brante@irsc.edu.