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PER-247 - Secondary Screener/Radiation Detection Kit (SS/RDK) Operations and Strategies Course

Course Description  Last updated 9/13/13

The Secondary Screener/Radiation Detection Kit (SS/RDK) Operations and Strategies Course supports the Preventative Radiological/Nuclear Detection (PRND) mission. The course focuses on the operation and employment of the FH 40 survey/rate meter and remaining RDK components. The course will teach
the participants how to conduct a secondary screener investigation of elevated radiation levels and alert/alarm signals using radiation detection instruments contained in the RDK. The participant will learn to detect, verify, locate, measure, identify, and assess the radiation level of unknown radiological materials in facilities, packages, and vehicles using the system and its accessories.  It is stressed throughout the course that students will follow their local jurisdiction laws and procedures during secondary screener investigations and, if needed, during a response based on indicators observed
during the investigation.

Course Objectives 
Given an RDK, manufacturer operations guide, participant handouts, and Field Operations Guide, ASSEMBLE, OPERATE, and EMPLOY the issued RDK under simulated conditions in accordance with manufacturer operations guide, and Field Operations Guide.  

Upon completing this course, participants will be able to: 
IDENTIFY and DESCRIBE the contents of the RDK. 
DEMONSTRATE and PERFORM a pre-operations check of the RDK. 
DESCRIBE the indicators and menus on the FH 40 G-L survey/rate meter. 
OPERATE the various probes to detect radiation. 
DESCRIBE the characteristics of the RDK probes. 
EXPLAIN the differences in detecting alpha, beta, gamma, and neutron radiation. 
DESCRIBE the different techniques used in detecting alpha, beta, gamma, and neutron radiation with the RDK.
·DESCRIBE how to use the RDK probes to perform the alarm response guide (ARG) andthe characteristics of each probe. 
·DESCRIBE how the RDK enhances the ARG and how it applies to the Prevent Mission. 
·INTRODUCE strategic considerations when employing the RDK. 
·DESCRIBE strategic considerations when employing the RDK.

Target Audience/Discipline

Disciplines assigned to carry out or support secondary screener activities during the execution of  the PRND mission. Fire Service, Law Enforcement, Hazardous Material (HazMat), Public Safety Communications, Other Skilled Support.


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


A certificate will be issued upon successful completion of the course, granting 0.7 continuing education units (CEUs) through the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). A letter verifying CEUs can be provided upon request by contacting CTOS at

Regional, state, or local training facilities

Radioactive  Sources

This is a “live agent”course using radioactive materials. It is designed and monitored so
participants receive only minor radiation doses (lower than a chest X-ray or typical round-trip airline flight across the U.S.).

This course complies with ANSI N42.37-2006, “American National Standard for Training Requirements for Homeland Security Purposes Using Radiation Detector Instrumentation for Interdiction and Prevention.”

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

Prerequisites & Other Information:


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 (FEMA/NPD) U.S. Department of
Homeland Security.

Course Specifics

Hours: 7.00
Provider: Counterterrorism Operations Support (CTOS)
Disciplines: Fire Service
Law Enforcement
Public Safety Communications

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