is an OSHA Compliance, Safety Training firm in Memphis, TN

Aegis Dei is a Memphis, Tennessee based training firm specializing in On-Site OSHA Compliance, Vulnerability Assessment, Hospital-Based WMD Training, WMD Mitigation & Disaster Response.

The Aegis Mission: Aegis strives to provide a concise coordinated training effort in order to reduce the risk to the key resources of the private sector infrastructure, posed by industrial accidents, natural and man-made disasters, and acts of terrorism. Aegis envisions a safe and secure private infrastructure sustained through strong training partnerships, which will emphasize preparedness, timely response, and rapid recovery.


The AEGIS Name

In Greek mythology AEGIS was the shield of Zeus. In Egyptian ritual AEGIS was a great collar worn around the neck of the Pharaohs, in battle. In each tradition, AEGIS provided protection. And we at Aegis Dei are here to provide protection for you, and most importantly, your business. How do we do that? Simply - training.

Whether a large or small company, educating your workforce increases productivity and efficiency. In turn, your business becomes more competitive in a local or global economy. By providing ongoing training and employee development, you initiate a long-term investment in the people on whom you depend. And by investing in them, morale and a positive work environment are maintained. This builds pride among your employees, and with pride comes loyalty.

Aegis offers a wide selection of courses for your team, that will aid in broadening their knowledge of occupational safety issues. Your staff will not only be educated on how to avoid hazards, but more importantly, how to prevent them. And as we all know, reduced risk not only ensures safety but also equals greater profitability.

We at Aegis have the experience and training needed to assist your organization to remain compliant, consistent, and competitive. _____________________________________________________________

About Aegis Founder & Teaching Principle - Leland Hopkins

As Founder and Teaching Principle, Leland Hopkins brings a unique blend of training and experience to Aegis. Having spent the last several years in the Memphis Fire Department’s Special Operations Section, Hopkins responsibilities have included hazardous materials and WMD response at the local, state, and federal level. He has developed and delivered training curricula in both disciplines as well as developed response and management SOPs for each. During this same period, Hopkins has trained at some of the foremost WMD facilities in the world, including the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Center for Domestic Preparedness at Fort McClellan, New Mexico Institute of Mines and Technology’s Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center, Louisiana State University’s National Center for Biomedical Research and Training, the Counter-Terrorism Operation Support Branch at Nevada Test Site, the U.S. Army’s Dugway Proving Ground, and the U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Academy. In 1992 Hopkins became one of the founding members of Tennessee Task Force One, one of 28 FEMA sponsored and federally funded Urban Search and Rescue Teams strategically located throughout the U.S. During his tenure he has served as a Hazardous Materials Specialist and Weapons of Mass Destruction Specialist on 21 federal disaster declarations, and 4 national security events. He currently serves as one of the team's WMD and Hazardous Materials Team Managers, and as a WMD instructor within the FEMA USAR System. He is a WMD Subject Matter Expert for the U. S. Department of Homeland Security, and currently chairs the TNTF-1, WMD Work Group.


Aegis Courses

Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) 8, 24, and 40 hour HAZWOPER encompasses the regulations of three federal regulatory agencies: the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Transportation, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. It is mandated training for personnel who are engaged in the storage, treatment, or disposal of hazardous waste as outlined in 29 CFR 1910.120. It satisfies training contained in the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, as well as section 126 of the Superfund Amendment and Reauthorization Act. The 8, 24, and 40 hour classes that we offer, address selection of proper PPE, confinement and spill cleanup, spill mitigation, and the role of the employee during an emergency response.

Special Event Contingency Planning No two events are alike. Pre- event planning and hazard analysis are paramount in responding to the needs of special events. Our instructors will partner with you and assist you in learning the needs of various special events and developing a team to manage your events. Exposure to the federal National Incident Management System will give students insight into the operation of public safety agencies and assist them in “plugging in” in the event of a catastrophe.

Threat Analysis and Vulnerability Assessment This course prepares students to conduct a comprehensive, all-hazards vulnerability assessment. The students will learn to gather and analyze intelligence based on a specific incident, and apply it as a preventative measure for facility specific events. While the course uses lecture as a primary teaching tool, the emphasis is on small group discussions and activities, and performance based scenarios.

Weapons of Mass Destruction, 8, 16, and 24 hour These courses provide students with an in-depth understanding of terrorist threats; CBRNE hazards, delivery devices, and an in-depth study current terrorist organizations and past terrorist events.

Planning for School Bombing Incidents This course addresses the issues facing today’s educators as they develop safe and effective plans for protecting today’s students. Officials learn to identify/recognize the common components of Improvised Explosive Devices, describe the major factors involved in a school bombing incident, and identify and implement the critical components of a bombing response plan.

National Incident Management System 100, 200, 300, and 400 Learn the local, state, and federal government’s standardized approach to incident management. In-depth exposure to the cooperation and interoperability needed among public and private agencies, in order to prevent loss of life and property during catastrophic incidents. Each level builds upon the previous one, culminating in an all day tabletop exercise that puts student’s new-found incident management skills to the test.

An Introduction to the National Incident Management System for the Private Sector A comprehensive study of Homeland Security Presidential Directive 5, “Management of Domestic Incidents”. Study includes the concepts of flexibility and standardization regardless of incident size, location, or complexity, as well as the 5 general components of NIMS.

Reinforcing the Soft Target (Building Hard Targets) This course will introduce participants to terrorist threat options, including the characteristics and effects of CBRNE agents, various ways they may be employed by the terrorist, and options for protective measures. Discussions will include the terrorist planning cycle, suspicious behavior indicators, and basic strategies that will assist participants in assessing vulnerabilities in their own facilities and bringing them into Hard Target compliance. Exposure will also be given the federal National Incident Management System used by public safety agencies, in the event of a terrorist event.

Terrorism Awareness in the Workplace This course provides private sector employees instruction in recognition, isolation, and the notification process involved in a weapons of destruction incident. Participants will also be exposed to the federal National Incident Management System used by public safety agencies in the event of a terrorist event.


Emergency Medical Planning for a Weapons of Mass Destruction Incident


Incident Continuity of Operations for the Public Health Sector

All Hazards Tabletop Exercise and Evaluation The overall purpose of any exercise is to identify strengths and weaknesses in any facility response plan. We at Aegis will develop an all hazards exercise that will identify any weaknesses in your response plan and assist you in developing options that will bring it to the level that will allow you to reach your operational objectives during any event. Emphasis is placed on developing and maintaining coordinated action plans, alerting and activating personnel for emergency response, and directing and coordinating emergency activities using the Federal National Incident Management System and Incident Command System.

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