JITEC traces its heritage to the opening of the Center for National Response (CNR) Memorial Tunnel for training in in the year 2000. JITEC's mission is to educate, train and exercise Department of Defense and joint, intergovernmental, interagency, and multi-national spectrum partners/organizations in conjunction with on-going homeland defense operations. JITEC supports civil-military training and education utilizing a cadre of military and civilian subject matter experts for homeland defense and civil support activities This mission has made JITEC a premier training provider for first responders at all levels nationwide. Major General James Hoyer, the adjutant general of the West Virginia National Guard, identified the gap related to the threats and weapons of mass destruction response and being able to train the military and first responders "The WVNG is a leader in developing joint, interagency national security, homeland security, and emergency response training to serve state and nation," says Hoyer, "we are excited to have this partnership with West Virginia University."
JITEC has also gotten recent approval from FEMA on an upcoming Hazmat course that should be added to the FEMA federal catalog in the next few weeks.
Homeland Security Programs at West Virginia University (HSP@WVU) is the collaborative partner with JITEC and will be the contact for all marketing, scheduling and registration of the "IED Response on Mass Transit and Passenger Rail Systems" and "A WMD Event: Freight Rail Hazardous Materials Incident Response Involving Mass Transit and Passenger Rail Systems" first responder training courses. direct delivery and online courses. HSP@WVU is also the program office for the West Virginia University/Federal Bureau of Investigations' Biometric Center of Excellence and the program management office for the Center for Identification Technology Research.
For more information on Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Response on Mass Transit and Passenger Rail Systems (DOD-007-RESP) and A WMD Event: Freight Rail Hazardous Materials Incident Response Involving Mass Transit and Passenger Rail Systems (DOD-008-RESP) go to www.hsp.wvu.edu or contact Joan.Caridi@mail.wvu.edu/304-293-1455