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The tragic events of September 11, 2001, served as a stark reminder of the critical need for effective and comprehensive training for our first responders and public health professionals. In response to this imperative, TrainingFinder Real-time Affiliate Integrated Network (TRAIN) emerged as a pioneering solution, aimed at equipping these vital professionals with the knowledge and skills required to address a wide array of challenges, including chemical, biological, and evolving public safety threats. This article explores the journey of TRAIN, from its inception to its remarkable growth and impact.

The Need for TRAIN

In the wake of 9/11, it became evident that our public health workers and first responders needed to be not only trained but also well-prepared to confront an ever-evolving landscape of public safety concerns. These concerns extended to unforeseen crises like the Covid-19 pandemic, which brought unpredictable variants and daily challenges. TRAIN recognized that readiness was the key to meeting these challenges head-on.

The Birth of TRAIN

Together with the Public Health Foundation, KMI Learning developed TrainingFinder Real-time Affiliate Integrated Network (TRAIN) in 2003. KMI brought with them their highly customizable LMS. With the support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and 20 state affiliates, KMI brought on their customizable LMS, a platform that is flexible enough to change with the needs and demands of what has now become 43 affiliates including 32 states,, yet structurally sound enough to support all its users. The LMS is set up to handle mulitple organizations, portals, branding, 3rd party course providers, distributed administration for all member affiliates… The list goes on. And while the system is outward-facing, serving both users and affiliates, it is also forward-facing, with a finger on the pulse of current trends, and an eye to the future.

Feature-Rich and Future-Focused

TRAIN’s LMS boasts a range of features, including support for multiple organizations, portals, branding, 3rd party course providers, and distributed administration for member affiliates. It is a platform that not only serves users and affiliates effectively but also stays ahead of the curve by keeping an eye on current trends and future requirements.

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Remarkable Growth and Impact

Over the course of two decades, TRAIN has achieved remarkable growth. With nearly 5 million registered users and an extensive catalog of over 25,000 courses spanning various disciplines, it has become a go-to resource for training. TRAIN’s reach has expanded to 32 states across the United States, playing a crucial role in training and tracking the progress of first responders and public health professionals. Notably, TRAIN’s affiliates now include prominent organizations such as the Medical Reserve Corps, the FDA, the Veterans Health Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


TrainingFinder Real-time Affiliate Integrated Network stands as a testament to the power of innovation and collaboration in addressing critical needs. Its journey from inception to growth is a testament to its effectiveness in equipping first responders and public health professionals to face the ever-evolving challenges of our world. As we move forward, TRAIN continues to evolve, ensuring that our frontline heroes remain prepared and ready for whatever the future may bring.