Connecticut Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security
The Connecticut Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security is the lead state agency for Emergency Management and state Homeland Security concerns. The DEMHS site offers links to information and resources for Emergency Management Directors, Citizen Corps, 911 Special Needs, Exercises, Grants, Training and Urban Search and Rescue. The DEMHS training page includes many programs of interest to first responders.

DHS/FEMA Office of Grants and Training
This site provides application guidelines for grants whose collective purpose is to strengthen prevention, protection, response and recovery capabilities at all levels of government

National Integration Center (NIC) Incident Management Systems Integration Division (IMSID)
The NIC IMSID provides “strategic direction for and oversight of the National Incident Management System (NIMS)…” and oversees all aspects of NIMS including the development of compliance criteria and implementation activities at federal, state and local levels. This site provides links to compliance, training and other important NIMS aspects.

National Response Framework Resource Center
This site provides links directly to Framework documents and other key resources that provide federal guidance for managing emergencies.

Responder Knowledge Base
This site provides information on products, standards, certificates, grants and other equipment-related information, including the Authorized Equipment List (AEL).

Citizen Corps
This site provides links to important volunteer programs including Community Emergency Response Teams and Medical Reserve Corps.

DHS Lessons Learned Information Sharing (LLIS)
LLIS is the national network of lessons learned and best practices for emergency response providers and homeland security officials.

EMI Independent Study Program
The Emergency Management Institute provides a scroll down list of all web based EMI courses. This list includes courses required to be NIMS compliant such as ICS 100, 200, IS 700 and IS 800.B.

TRAIN Connecticut
TRAIN is the premier learning resource for professionals who protect the public’s health. Through this site, health professionals and first responders can find and register for courses, track learning with personal online transcripts, access valuable learning resources, and stay informed of the latest public health trainings for your area or expertise.
PoliceApp assists law enforcement agencies communicate their entry-level and certified police officer vacancies to potential applicants.

Connecticut Police Chiefs Association
This site provides information on the CPCA and includes news and resources within the law enforcement arena.

Connecticut Commission on Fire Prevention and Control
This agency’s mission is to prevent or mitigate the effects of fire and disasters on the citizens of the State of Connecticut.  It offers state-of-the-art educational programs designed to meet nationally recognized standards, certification of individuals to such standards, and maintenance of up-to-date resources for use by fire service personnel, public educators and other first responders.

Connecticut Police Officer Standards and Training
The Police Officer Standards and Training Council provides high quality basic, advanced and specialized training, adopts and enforces professional standards for Connecticut’s police officers and local law enforcement units, and to grants accreditation to units that demonstrate compliance with standards. These standards enhance the professionalism of Connecticut Law Enforcement agencies through voluntary compliance with contemporary, internationally recognized standards of excellence.

Asbestos Diseases Still Looming After 9/11 Attacks
Thoracic surgeon Dr. Raja Flores believes an alarming number of asbestos-related diseases, such as mesothelioma, will start emerging soon in New York City, stemming from rescue and cleanup efforts after the historic 9/11 terrorist attack at the World Trade Center 14 years ago.