SAIC to train FEMA emergency responders
- By David Hubler
- Apr 16, 2009
Science Applications International Corp. has won a five-year training contract from the Homeland Security Department (DHS) that could be worth as much as $104 million if all options are exercised.
Under the award, SAIC will provide training support to DHS' Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) in Anniston, Ala.
SAIC will design and develop an emergency responder curriculum, and provide qualified instructors to teach each course. The company will also manage training logistics, administrative support, sustainment activities and cost data analysis.
The CDP provides federal all-hazards training to improve the capabilities of emergency responders, emergency management personnel, and government officials to respond to incidents involving weapons of mass destruction and other hazardous materials, SAIC officials said.
The CDP is the only federally chartered weapons of mass destruction training center, catering to emergency responders from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories, they added.
“In the past 10 years, through the CDP, SAIC has trained more than 500,000 emergency responders from state, local, federal and tribal governments, foreign governments and private entities,” said John Ferriter, senior vice president and business unit general manager at SAIC.
SAIC, of San Diego and Falls Church, Va., ranks No. 5 on Washington Technology’s 2008 Top 100 list of the largest federal government prime contractors.
David Hubler is the former print managing editor for GCN and senior editor for Washington Technology. He is freelance writer living in Annandale, Va.