Course Description:
This five-day, 40-hour course provides awareness and technician level training for responding to weapons of mass destruction, toxic industrial chemicals and/or CBRNE hazardous incidents that create health and physical risk to response personnel.

The course outlines recognition, evaluation and control methods to manage WMD/hazardous materials that cause toxic symptoms and environmental damage. Through classroom and hands-on performance based exercises, learn to recognize, respond aggressively, demonstrate time, distance and shielding safety principals, decontaminate and perform triage and medical response. Become familiar with utilizing Emergency Response Guidebook, Safety Data Sheets, CHEMTREC, NIOSH Hazardous Chemical Pocket Guide, Jane's and USAMRIID resources for managing WMD/TIC incidents. Practice using Level B and C Personal Protective Equipment. Practical activities demonstrate concepts of Hospital Incident Command System (HICS), National Incident Management System (NIMS) and multi-agency interoperability.

This course addresses and meets compliance requirements for OSHA Emergency Response Operations Level 29 CFR 1910.120 (q)(6)(iii) and OSHA Respirator Standard Requirements 29 CFR 1910.134. Practical exercises demonstrate Level C and B protection competencies. An annual refresher is required.

Learning Objectives:
By the conclusion of this course, the learner will be able to

  1. Explain the purpose of this course
  2. Describe the Incident Command System
  3. List significant large scale disasters in recent history and the lessons learned from the response
  4. Describe how to choose the correct personal protective equipment
  5. Choose the correct personal protective equipment
  6. Describe how to assemble the self-contained breathing apparatus
  7. Assemble the self-contained breathing apparatus
  8. Outline possible chemical reactions that may occur during CBRNE release
  9. Describe how to recognize, protect, and treat victims exposed to chemical agents
  10. Describe how to recognize, protect, and treat victims exposed to biological agents
  11. Describe how to assemble Level C chemical PPE
  12. Assemble Level C chemical PPE
  13. Recognize the impact of natural disasters
  14. Identify threats from a simulation exercise
  15. Describe the tenets of water-based decontamination
  16. Describe how to perform a water-based decontamination exercise
  17. Perform a water-based decontamination exercise
  18. Explain the principles of self and household preparedness
  19. Recognize the principles behind an explosives incident response
  20. Describe how a scene survey is performed
  21. Describe how the biological PPE ensemble is assembled
  22. Assemble the biological PPE ensemble
  23. Identify the principles in radiation/nuclear incident response
  24. Define mass casualty triage and discuss mass casualty management
  25. Perform 5 key skills from the course
  26. Summarize course key concepts


Target Audience:
This course is open to EMS, law enforcement, public health and healthcare personnel.

Lt. Brian Pomodoro, EMT-IC  
Senior Program Manager for Emergency Response  
DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness
Office of Public Health Preparedness

Sophia Dyer, MD, FACEP
Medical Director, Boston EMS, BPD, BFD
Director, Boston EMS RQTI

Ashley Miller, MPH
Senior Program Manager for Instructional Design
DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness
Office of Public Health Preparedness

This course has been approved for 40 hours of OEMS credit at the Basic Level. 

This program was designed to meet the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing, 244 CMR 5.00 for 48 contact hours of nursing continuing education.

*This course has been approved by the Office of Domestic Preparedness, United States Department of Homeland Security under the title “Advanced Weapons of Mass Destruction Hazardous Materials Refresher.” 

The DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness is the Education & Training branch of the Office of Public Health Preparedness. In conjunction with Boston EMS, a bureau of the Boston Public Health Commission, the DelValle Institute provides high-quality all-hazards training and exercises to develop and enhance capabilities-based preparedness. This training is part of the Metro-Boston Homeland Security Region's training and exercise program and is supported with federal funding from the US Department of Homeland Security's Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI). For more information regarding DelValle Institute funding, please visit our funding page.

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