In the post 9-11 era, documentable training has become important as part of Homeland Security.
NESPAC, North East State Police Administrators Conference, has selected ERDI as the primary public safety diver training agency. NESPAC includes the New England states as well as New York. New York State Police have utilized ERDI for over 2 years and brings ERDI instructors and training facilities to the group.
According to Trooper Tom Barden, NYSP’s Division Dive Officer, all new divers joining any NESPAC team will undergo the same curriculum of training. Previously, new members were selected from certified divers and military divers and received “on the job” training. In the post 9-11 era, proper, documentable training has become important as part of Homeland Security.
“ERDI is being called upon for its public safety dive training and its recognized certification in this field,” stated Trooper Barden.
NYSP has operated its dive team since 1934, consisting of Troopers who also perform regular patrol and administrative duties.