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Course Description

AWR-140 - Introduction to Radiological/Nuclear WMD Operations Course

Course Description - Last updated 2/11/2016

 New Course Name as of 12/01/2016

This instructor-led course presents a radiological/nuclear WMD overview consisting of ionizing radiation fundamentals, terminology, health effects, and recognition factors. This information is requisite knowledge for responders performing the interdiction/prevention mission as well as first responders and other personnel who are likely to be the first to arrive on the scene of a radiological/nuclear incident. This fundamental knowledge of ionizing radiation and its effects is vital to responder safety, allowing performance of their mission while keeping the risk to themselves and the public as low as reasonably achievable.

Course Objectives:

• Define the fundamentals of radiation, radioactive material, ionization, and contamination.
• Describe the indicators, signs, and symptoms of exposure to radiation.
• Recognize the presence of radiological material from radiological postings (colors and symbols), container shapes/types, or unusual signs that may indicate the threat of a radiological incident, and make appropriate notifications for additional agencies and resources that may be needed.
• Describe the radiological/nuclear WMD threat and its potential impact on the community.


It is the responsibility of the jurisdiction to select course participants.


Certificates are issued to attendees upon successful completion of the course.

Target Audience/Discipline:

Animal Emergency Services, Agricultural Safety, Citizen/Community Volunteer, Emergency Management, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Service, Governmental Administrative, Healthcare, Hazardous Materials, Information Technology, Law Enforcement, Other, Public Health, Public Safety Communications, Private Sector/Corporate Security and Safety Professionals, Public Works, Search and Rescue, Transportation Security.

Prerequisites & Other Information:


Participant Site.

This course enhances the competencies defined in National Fire Protection Association NFPA 472, “Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/WMD Incidents,” for responding to specific radiological/nuclear WMD incidents, and augments the responder’s knowledge and skills to perform those duties and functions.

Enrollment Information:
In order to attend a training class delivered by one of the FEMA/NPD training partners, a request must be submitted to the designated U.S. Department of Homeland Security training point of contact. For a Training Coordinator in your area, please call 877.963.2867 or email

No tuition is charged.
All training and course materials are provided at no cost to eligible participants. Funding provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency/National Preparedness Directorate U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Course Specifics

Hours: 4.00
Provider: Counterterrorism Operations Support (CTOS)
Disciplines: Volunteer Organization
Emergency Management
Emergency Medical Service
Fire Service
Government Administration
Health Care
Law Enforcement
Private Industry
Public Health
Public Safety Communications
Public Works

Available Classes

ViewCourse NumberClass NameLocationDatesSeats Available 
View class AWR-140 Introduction to Radiological/Nuclear WMD Operations CourseBrownsville Event Center
1 Event Center Blvd Brownsville
Brownsville, TX 78526
10/28/2019 WAITLIST View Details
Total of 1

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