The U.S Department of Homeland Security Grant Program is focused on ensuring our community is better prepared for a disaster, whether manmade or natural. The Homeland Security grant funds are designated for the purpose of equipping area first responders with vital equipment and training that provides our region with the best disaster response capabilities available. Knox County Government has been designated by the State of Tennessee as District 2 to serve as the host county for Knox County and the 15 contiguous counties for regional funding oversight.
Since 2003, Knox County Community Development has worked with a variety of local first responder agencies within Knox County in collaborative efforts to enhance our local disaster responses. Agencies that have been assisted are state and local agencies including The University of Tennessee, City of Knoxville, Knox County Government and local nonprofits dedicated to public safety.
Training Program Overview
Knox County Community Development oversees the regional District 2 Homeland Security Office. The District 2 Homeland Security Office manages the regional 16 county training program for first responders. The District 2 Training Program has trained over 6,000 personnel from law enforcement, fire, EMS, emergency management, rescue, hospitals, public health, private sector, nonprofit agencies, and governmental offices from the region and throughout the state.
Homeland Security training and exercises cover subjects such as terrorism, incident command, active shooter response, hazardous materials handling, continuity of operations planning and volunteer training. Training dollars have also been focused on providing courses to specialized teams such as SWAT, HazMat, urban search and rescue, disaster animal response and bomb squads.
The D2 Training Program has utilized a number of nationally and internationally known speakers known for their subject matter expertise.