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Free training for emergency first responders. Delivered year-round across the nation.

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Who is the RDPC?

This video gives a brief overview of the Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium (RDPC) and shows how we have worked with our members to train more than 85,000 first responders since 2005.

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Over thirty courses covering a variety of disciplines and subject matter.

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Training for First Responders

The Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium, led by The Center for Rural Development, is a DHS funded program providing training and resources to rural first responders. RDPC courses are offered both in-person and online, and are provided at no cost. More information about the RDPC can be found in the overview.

I would highly recommend RDPC classes to everyone. As a rural electric cooperative/provider, it is very important that we be ready and able to handle all types of events when working so closely with responders. It is always better to be prepared, and I can’t think of a better way than by attending RDPC classes.
Joy Bullock
Corporate Communications Coordinator
South Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation

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Latest News

RDPC and The Center host NDPC Quarterly Meeting in Louisville, KY

“The NDPC meetings allow us as training providers to discuss and listen to issues that are going on throughout the country with today’s fi rst responders,” Read more »

RDPC’s School Safety Courses Make an Impact

The Center for Rural Development’s, Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium (RDPC), and their academic members, and instructors do an amazing job meeting the needs of small, rural, and tribal communities across the United States. Read more »

Featured Resources

2018 Annual Report

This report summarizes the activities of RDPC during the calendar year 2018 (January 1 – December 31, 2018). The report ...

2018 Annual Performance Report

This report outlines the performance results of RDPC's Instructor-Led Training (ILT) and Web-Based Courses for deliveries that occurred during the ...

2017 Annual Performance Report

This report outlines the performance results of RDPC's Instructor-Led Training (ILT) and Web-Based Courses for deliveries that occurred during the ...