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Center for National Response

About the Center for National Response

Situated 30 miles south of Charleston and 30 miles north of Beckley along the West Virginia Turnpike, the Center for National Response is uniquely suited as a multipurpose exercise facility.

It was once a two-lane tunnel that served as part of the West Virginia Turnpike, and once it was closed in 1987 it’s served as a unique training grounds for local, state, federal and military response units.

National Response Center Training

The facility currently has ten scenario venues available:

  • Post-blast rubble area with haz and vehicles
  • Subway train and station with a mezzanine
  • Three chemical weapons and drug manufacturing laboratories at different levels of sophistication
  • Highway HAZMAT incident that can be configured with a wide variety of chemical, biological and radiological sources
  • Caves and a bunker complex
  • Confined Space Emergency Egress Trainer
  • Tactical trainer
  • Mountain hideout
  • Aircraft fuselage

Each of these scenario venues can be modified to fit your organization's training and experience objectives. The facility is an ideal location for joint training for special events and has over 10,000 acres of semi-wilderness area surrounding the tunnel that can be used for training purposes.

The facility has a billeting area available for customers. Currently, there are four modular housing units with 14 beds each. There is also a conference unit that is available for briefings or other classroom training. There’s a bivouac area and a separate bathroom/shower facility for those who desire that type of accommodation.

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