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April 28, 2015

Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium (RDPC)

Rural Domestic Preparedness ConsortiumThe nation’s rural emergency responders face unique challenges when compared to their urban counterparts. In recognizing the need for consistent, quality training which addresses those challenges, Congress and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) established the Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium (RDPC) to fill the training needs and requirements gap faced by rural communities.

RDPC (or The Consortium) is a partnership of Eastern Kentucky University, The University of Findlay, East Tennessee State University, NorthWest Arkansas Community College, Iowa Central Community College, and North Carolina Central University.

RDPC Fire Training Course 1The Consortium, led by Eastern Kentucky University Justice & Safety Center, develops and delivers training tailored for emergency responders in small, rural and remote communities who face unique challenges in meeting their homeland security responsibilities.

As a strategic partner to RDPC, The Center for Rural Development is responsible for marketing and technology, including a large network of interactive television (ITV), videoconferencing, and learning management systems necessary to manage large student populations and deliver courses to rural responders across the nation.

All training delivered by RDPC is certified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/FEMA and is offered tuition-free to a broad scope of stakeholders as well as critical infrastructure owners and operators.

The Consortium currently offers awareness, performance and management-level training programs in both instructor-led and Web-based formats. For more information, visit

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