Does the United States' First Responder Training Program Improve National Preparedness [open pdf - 536KB]
"During the last decade, the federal government has allocated over one and a half billion dollars to first responder training related to homeland security at the federal level alone. Due to the ongoing difficult financial climate in the United States, it is essential to examine whether or not the nation receives a benefit from increased spending on training. Specifically, this paper questions if there is a relationship between training first responders and national preparedness. Three theoretical models and methods are used to analyze this relationship, including the 'structural mode,' the 'knowledge, skills, and abilities model,' and the 'application model.' The paper contains never released before data, along with multiple interviews. Through this analysis, it can be seen that the resources and money devoted to training are an important element in making first responders more capable to respond, which helps to ensure the country is more prepared, and better able to address any incident or emergency."
2015 Brandon J. Pugh
InterAgency Board: http://www.interagencyboard.org/