This awareness-level course provides rural first responders with an introduction to various types of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive (CBRNE) agents. Any first responder may be called to a CBRNE incident at any time. This course is designed to give first responders the ability to safely assess the scene and determine whether it requires a CBRNE response. This knowledge will allow responders to recognize when a situation requires a defensive response (isolate and deny entry) until operations-level personnel arrive on the scene.
This course imparts a basic understanding of dangers involved in CBRNE incidents; instruction in the use of field guides; the steps involved in safe scene assessment; and the components of CBRNE Operations. In addition, this course provides participants with an overview of the Incident Command System and information pertaining to additional support resources from local, State, and Federal agencies. Activities presented in this course afford participants with opportunities to apply critical thinking and decision-making skills. Filmed scenarios presented at the end of this course require participants to combine instruction from the entire course and put it into practice.
At the end of this course, participants will be able to:
- Explain the importance of rural CBRNE readiness.
- Identify and examine rural vulnerabilities with regard to potential CBRNE incidents.
- List rural preparedness and response challenges and advantages with regard to CBRNE incidents.
- Develop solution strategies in response to CBRNE preparedness and response challenges.
- Determine when (under what circumstances and conditions) to use the Homeland Security Field Guide, the ERG, and the NIOSH Pocket Guide.
- Demonstrate the ability to use the Homeland Security Field Guide, the Emergency Response Guidebook, and the NIOSH Pocket Guide.
- List the precautions that must be taken by first responders to ensure their safety at an incident scene.
- List and describe the steps necessary in order to assess risk at the scene of an incident.
- Demonstrate risk assessment at the scene of a simulated incident while referencing the Homeland Security Field Guide.
- List examples of possible impacts of CBRNE events on a rural community.
- List the various hazard zones and describe entrance restrictions of the hot zone.
- Recognize the various levels of PPE, according to NFPA, OSHA, and EPA standards, and relate the appropriate levels for a given CBRNE incident and set of circumstances.
- List and describe, according to NFPA 1981 (A.3.3.53), respiratory protection for chemical/biological terrorism incidents.
- List essential steps in the process of mass decontamination and in the process of emergency decontamination.
- List the steps that non-law enforcement personnel should take while at the scene of an incident to protect and preserve physical evidence.
- List possible roles non-medical responders may need to fill during triage in a Mass Casualty Incident (MCI).
- Determine possible type of CBRNE agent.
- Determine the proper responder safety actions required for safe CBRNE response.
- Determine need for additional resources.
Prerequisites & Other Information:
- Participant must be a U.S. Citizen
- IS 100b Introduction to Incident Command System
- IS 700 National Incident Management System, An Introduction
Point of Contact:
Mark Chadwick, Emergency Management Specialist
Bexar County Office of Emergency Management