Training & Exercise

Answering the Call With NJ Learn: Web-Based Training for First Responders

NJ Learn is a complete online learning management system managed by NJOHSP at no cost to state, county, and local first responder agencies. NJ Learn is available online and includes standardized training, a catalog listing of courses, processes for registrations, a digital resource library, the ability to provide notifications and other communications, and a complete records management system, with full reporting capabilities.

In today’s episode, we discuss how NJ Learn came to be, who can access the system, and related resources for all New Jersey residents.

You Are the Help Until Help Arrives: Trauma Response Training Programs

Trauma is the leading cause of death in Americans under age 46. These life-threatening traumatic injuries require immediate action to stop someone from dying. The University Hospital’s Center for Emergency Preparedness and Response, located at the University Hospital campus in Newark, provides a variety of training courses for healthcare professionals, first responders, and community members throughout the entire State. The center specializes in the rapid development and implementation of courses to address emerging issues.

On the latest episode, instructors from the Center for Emergency Preparedness and Response sit down with NJOHSP to discuss the Until Help Arrives and Bleeding Control training programs and how they can prepare individuals for these scenarios. The group reviews these two programs and the importance of educating  and empowering community members to take action and provide lifesaving care before the professional help arrives.

Training & Exercise: The Regional Intelligence Academy

The Regional Intelligence Academy (RIA) is a training partnership comprised of NJOHSP, the New Jersey State Police, and the public safety agencies represented in the New Jersey Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) region. The curriculum aims to teach intelligence tradecraft to law enforcement, first responders, the private sector, and intelligence analysts throughout New Jersey, New York City, and the Philadelphia area. These programs also help design strategies, systems, and activities that provide for intelligence and information exchange and sharing.

Listen to our latest episode to understand more about the RIA and the services it provides to the intelligence community in the region.

Active Shooter Threats - Response, Resources, and Resiliency

From Las Vegas to Parkland, Florida, the frequency of active shooter events across the United States has increased over the past few years. The various individuals, locations, and motives that make up these incidents highlight how they can take place anywhere and at any time. Understanding the best ways to respond to active shooter situations can help save lives.

Join Ed Moore, NJOHSP’s Active Shooter Trainer, and Ben Castillo, Director of the NJ Department of Education’s Office of School Preparedness and Emergency Planning, as they discuss the efforts being taken in New Jersey to prepare for such events, options available to those involved in active shooter situations, and available resources and trainings provided by the State and other agencies.

Episode 38: A Discussion with New Jersey’s Mental Health Experts on Disaster and Terrorism

One component of counterterrorism that we rarely talk about is the psychological impacts of terrorist attacks and other forms of mass violence. As the Disaster and Terrorism Branch (DTB) of the Department of Human Services’ Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services is the recognized mental health authority for disaster and mental health services in New Jersey, in this episode, Director of DTB, Dr. Adrienne Fessler Belli, and the Director of Training for DTB discuss how their mission fills this extremely important void.

Episode 19: Keeping Schools Safe - Plan, Prevent, Protect

School safety is a topic of conversation all over the country with threats or incidents being reported every day. Every type of school in the country has the same threats against them as seen in examples such as the Sandy Hook elementary shooting, the Columbine High School shooting, and the Virginia Tech University shooting. Senior Planner Scott Gibson from our Preparedness Bureau sits down with Director Ben Castillo of the Office of School Preparedness and Emergency Planning to discuss school safety in New Jersey. 

Episode 13: Vehicular Terrorist Attacks - Strategies for Safety and Survival

Terrorists—particularly homegrown violent extremists (HVEs)—will likely continue using vehicles as weapons based on foreign terrorist organizations promoting this tactic, the success of past attacks, and the ease of vehicle acquisition. As such, we sit down with Steven Crimando, the Director of Training for the Disaster and Terrorism Branch of the New Jersey Department of Human Services to talk about this emerging threat and explore different mechanisms and strategies individuals can utilize to mitigate the personal impact of these attacks.