Last updateThu, 29 Jan 2015 3pm

Free course in biochem disasters being offered to local first responders

It is important that all communities are prepared to respond Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) incidents. Rural first responders in the Rolla, Missouri area will be able to learn more about CBRNE response at a FREE Department of Homeland Security (DHS)-certified course delivered by the Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium (RDPC).

The eight-hour, awareness-level course, AWR 225 - CBRNE Response for Rural First Responders will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 24 at Eugene Northern Community Hall, 400 W 4th Street, Rolla MO 65402. This course provides rural first responders and emergency managers with the awareness-level skills they need to develop strategies for handling all types of hazardous materials.

CBRNE Response for Rural First Responders provides rural first responders with an introduction to various types of CBRNE materials and agents. The course is designed to give the first responder the ability to safely assess the scene and determine whether it requires a CBRNE response, allowing the responder to recognize when a situation requires a defensive response (isolate and deny entry) until operations-level personnel arrive on the scene. This course provides a basic understanding of dangers involved in CBRNE incidents, instruction in the use of field guides and the steps involved in safe scene assessment and the components of CBRNE Operations.

Registration for this course is required. Registration deadline is July 10, 2014. To register, contact: Jack Raetz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 573-526-9016.

In addition, this course provides participants with an overview of the Incident Command System and information pertaining to additional support resources from local, state and federal agencies. Activities presented in this course afford participants with opportunities to apply critical thinking and decision-making skills. Filmed scenarios presented at the end of this course require participants to combine instruction from the entire course and put it into practice.

Participants are strongly encouraged to have a working knowledge of the Incident Command System/National Incident Management System (ICS/NIMS) which is gained through completion of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) IS 100, IS 200, IS 700, IS 701, and IS 800 courses.

The course was developed by East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN, an academic partner of the RDPC.

All training delivered by RDPC is certified by DHS and is offered tuition-free for a broad scope of stakeholders in qualifying jurisdictions, including the traditional emergency response disciplines, and other emergency support functions as defined by the National Response Framework, as well as critical infrastructure owners and operators.

The RDPC is a U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Training and Education Division (NTED) partnership of academic institutions with a vision of creating an environment wherein rural communities across America will have the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to enhance the safety, security and quality of life for their citizens.

Current members of the Consortium include East Tennessee State University, Eastern Kentucky University, The University of Findlay, NorthWest Arkansas Community College, North Carolina Central University, and The University of California-Davis. Each of these institutions possess extensive and unique capabilities relating to rural emergency preparedness training.

For more information or to request training - visit The RDPC help desk is also available at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (877) 855-7372.