DynCorp International team members working in support of the Afghan Ministry of Interior and Afghan National Police Program (AMDP) recognized a need for hazardous materials (HAZMAT) emergency response team training in order to be prepared for any emergency contingency that could occur while in theater. To empower fellow team members to be able to act quickly in the case environments become contaminated with toxic chemicals and substances, the AMDP team established a hazardous waste operations and emergency response (HAZWOPER) training course.
Beginning in November 2012, the AMDP team conducted 40-hour training courses open to all program employees. To date, the training has been conducted six times at four different locations in Afghanistan and has certified more than 100 AMDP employees as HAZWOPER response technicians. Additionally, members of the U.S. military and other government employees, as well as AMDP subcontractors, have successfully completed the training.
The course trains individuals on clean-up operations, corrective actions, and emergency response operations involving hazardous substances and their storage, disposal, or treatment. In addition to classroom training requirements, in order to be certified responders, one must also complete at least one day of field training, putting what they have learned in the classroom into practice.
“The greatest value of the training program is how it has built a much greater level of preparedness into the AMDP team’s ability to effectively respond to emergency situations,” said Richard McEvoy, DynCorp International program manager.
“The AMDP Program is proud of the level of preparedness that has been built into its Hazardous Materials Response Program. The heart of that preparedness has been chiefly achieved through the quality of the training that has been provided to team members within that area,” said McEvoy.
DynCorp International and the AMDP Program
Under the AMDP contract with the U.S. Army, DI assists the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan/Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan (NTM-A/CSTC-A) by providing training and mentoring services for the Afghanistan Ministry of Interior and Afghan National Police.