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Course Description

AWR-118-1 - Biological Incidents Awareness (Train-the-Trainer)

Verified/Updated 10/1/2017

This course provides a brief overview of biological incidents that have occurred; biological agents that are naturally occurring, could be accidentally released, or could be used deliberately; the typical course of disease and how that may vary in a deliberate incident; an overview of biological agents as terrorist weapons; and methods of protection from biological agents (with an emphasis on protection using methods and equipment readily available to emergency responders and the general public).  

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:
- when a biological incident is occurring, recognize some signs that suggest what type and scale of biological incident it might be,
- identify biological diseases that may be present in a biological incident and recognize signs that suggest a biological incident is taking place, - apply self-protection principles in the event of a biological incident,
- apply what they have learned in the course to improve their readiness for a biological incident,
- successfully teach an indirect delivery of Biological Incidents Awareness, and
- Train participants in their organization on the objectives of this course.

The primary target audience for the Direct Delivery version of this course includes:
• Emergency responders: police, fire, emergency management and emergency medical services personnel
and planners
• Personnel from governmental agencies who may become involved in a biological incident

The target audience for the Train-the-Trainer version of this course is established trainers/instructors in academies, agencies or departments who are seeking to train participants by teaching the Indirect version of this course using course materials provided by NCBRT.

The Indirect version of this course is commonly delivered as part of in-service or academy training to support continuing education.

How this course is offered:
Delivered onsite at a location determined by the requesting jurisdiction.  To learn more or schedule a delivery, contact Meghan Lawson at 877-806-7404,

Prerequisites & Other Information:

Participants must be United States citizens and have a FEMA SID number. Participation in this training program is open to all governmental employees who are responsible for responding to weapons of mass destruction (WMD) incidents or might otherwise become involved. Specifically, they should be assigned or programmed for assignment to positions where they will develop departmental policies and procedures regarding first-responder actions during biological incidents, or positions where they will develop or deliver training associated with preparing their departments for performing these responsibilities during such incidents. At the time of course enrollment, participants’ agencies’ must verify general prerequisites.

Personnel should meet the following prerequisites to attend this course:
- Successful completion of a WMD awareness-level training course.
- Assignment to a supervisory position or a position responsible for development and delivery of training focused on responding to a biological incident; or assignment to a supervisory or management position responsible for the development of departmental policies and procedures governing the actions of emergency responders during WMD incidents (only required for participants attending the train-the-trainer format)

In addition, completion of ICS 100 and 200 and IS-700 and 800 is recommended, but not required.

Those individuals participating in the Train the Trainer portion of the module must be designated as a trainer by their agency or organization.

No tuition is charged.

Course Specifics

Hours: 8.00
Provider: NCBRT - LSU
Disciplines: Emergency Management
Emergency Medical Service
Fire Service
Health Care
Law Enforcement
Public Health
Public Works

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