LA first responders learn about education opportunities in homeland security, emergency management

LA first responders learn about education opportunities in homeland security, emergency management
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Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 4:34pm

First responders from across the state gathered in Baton Rouge to learn more about higher education opportunities for their department.

Representatives from the Naval Post-Graduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security were on hand at GOHSEP headquarters to discuses these programs.

The school offers programs to develop leadership, emergency management, and security skills.

But it's not like normal training. These classes teach leaders how to think "big picture."

"[It’s to] make them think more strategically more analytically about their job and about the future of their agencies," said Chief Rick Boudreaux of the Port Allen Fire Department.

David O'Keefe with Naval postgraduate School also said they’re able to conduct the program so that cost isn't a major barrier for the right people participating.

First responders from around the country participate in these classes.

Organizers say that helps bring in different perspectives on handling disasters. 

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