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PER-243-1 - Primary Screener/Personal Radiation Detector Course, Train-the-Trainer

Verified/Updated 10/1/2016

Course Overview:
This instructor-led, exercise-based course is designed to train law enforcement and public safety officers to instruct the PER-243 Personal Radiation Detector (PRD) Course. This course is requested by regional or state-wide programs that have developed a comprehensive plan for future PRD course delivery. Such plans require the jurisdiction to show acquisition of training equipment and sealed radioactive source material for replicating training locally. All requests must be approved through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. It is the responsibility of the jurisdiction to select course participants. All participants must provide written documentation of instructor certification and be part of the regional or state-wide training program. 

Upon completion of this course, participants are eligible to conduct
PER-243 PRD courses for their agency and surrounding jurisdictions. 

The Train-the-Trainer course is conducted using agency-specific PRDs. PER-243-1 provides Train-the-Trainer level instruction on instruments, procedures, and legal considerations. This course uses teach back and hands-on practice with sealed radioactive sources. 

Course Objectives:
Participants will be able to instruct agency/jurisdiction personnel assigned primary screener duties on the use of passive techniques to employ a PRD in an operational environment to detect illicit radiological or nuclear materials in accordance with the PRD operating instructions, and apply PRD alarms and readings to the responder’s environment and operational principles. 

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

Location:
Nevada National Security Site.

Radioactive Sources:
This is live agent using real radioactive sources. 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.).

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


Prerequisites & Other Information:

AWR-140 WMD Radiological/Nuclear Awareness Course


Other Prerequisites:  
PER-243 Primary Screener/Personal Radiation Detector Course (Attendees must be law enforcement and emergency responders who are qualified instructors and have successfully completed PER-243 within the last year or attend the PER-243 course delivered as a prerequisite to the three-day PRD TTT course. Attendees must provide written documentation of instructor certification within their respective jurisdiction. Attendees must be part of a regional or state-wide program that has developed a comprehensive plan for future delivery of PRD training in their region or state.)



Cost:
No tuition is charged.


Course Specifics

Hours: 24.00
Provider: Counterterrorism Operations Support (CTOS)
Sponsor: DHS-FEMA TEI
Disciplines: Emergency Management
Emergency Medical Service
Fire Service
Hazmat
Law Enforcement
Public Works


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