The Joint Interagency Training and Education Center (JITEC) traces its heritage to the opening of the Center for National Response (CNR) Memorial Tunnel for training in 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. The 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.
The JITEC’s core CBRNE capabilities lie within the CNR, which operates the Memorial Tunnel Training Complex. The Tunnel is a multiple-purpose and versatile training facility. Originally a 2,800 foot two-lane interstate highway tunnel, it is now a unique training facility that provides several scenarios: post-blast rubble event; subway station and train mishaps, weapons of mass destruction (WMD) laboratories, highway WMD hazardous material (HAZMAT) incident, a cave and a bunker complex, and a confined space emergency egress trainer. The CNR staff additionally conducts full scale exercises throughout the United States and its territories for military and civilian first responders utilizing Mobile Training Teams (MTT).
Joint Interagency Training Education Center (JITEC) at West Virginia University (JITEC@WVU) is the collaborative partner with JITEC and will be the contact for all marketing, scheduling, and registration of the first responder training. JITEC@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.