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All CTOS courses are offered at NO COST to eligible participants. LEARN MORE

 

To register contact CTOS Mobile Training Team (MTT) Registration Department @ 702.295.7425 or email us @ ctosmttreg@nv.doe.gov

 

The 70 member CTOS instructor staff consists of police officers, firefighters, emergency managers, radiological and nuclear subject matter experts, emergency medical services, Civil Support Team (CST) members, retired and active-duty responders, and personnel with extensive military experience. CTOS relies on the expertise of this multitalented group to assist in the development and delivery of courses that meet the needs of their communities.

 

MTT courses can be requested by first responders in their local communities as long as they can meet the required minimum class size. If needed, other state, local, or tribal first responders can be invited to the MTT course to complete the class size requirement. The requesting group provides the training venue and CTOS provides the instructors and the required specialized equipment, if needed. Students are welcome to use and train on their organization’s detection gear.

 

AWR-140 AWR-140-1
AWR-140
Introduction to Radiological/Nuclear WMD Operations
AWR-140-1
Introduction to Radiological/Nuclear WMD Operations Train-the-Trainer Course
PER-240 PER-243
PER-240
WMD Radiological/Nuclear Responder Operations Course
PER-243
Primary Screener/Personal Radiation Detector Course
PER-245 PER-246
PER-245
Secondary Screener/Radiation Isotope Identifier Device Course
PER-246
Primary Screener/Backpack Basic Course
PER-247 PER-300
PER-247
Secondary Screener/Radiation Detection Kit Operations and Strategies Course
PER-300
Primary Screener/Personal Radiation Detector Refresher Course
PER-318
PER-318
Preventive Radiological/Nuclear Detection Team Operations Course

 

 

 


 

Awareness Level

Awareness level courses are designed for responders who require the skills necessary to recognize and report a potential catastrophic incident or who are likely to witness or investigate an event involving the use of hazardous and/or explosive devices.

 

pdf iconDHS Course #: AWR-140

Introduction to Radiological/Nuclear WMD Operations
[PREVENTION/RESPONSE]

 

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

 

Min/Max Enrollment: N/A | Hours: 4 hours | CEUs: N/A | Format: Mobile | Prerequisites: N/A

AWR-140

 

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.

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

 

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

 

Cost: 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.

 

Location: Participant Site.

 

Compliance: 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 ctosreg@nv.doe.gov.



 

pdf iconDHS Course #: AWR-140-1

Introduction to Radiological/Nuclear WMD Operations Train-the-Trainer Course
[PREVENTION/RESPONSE]

 

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

 

Min/Max Enrollment: 25–30 | Hours: 3 hours | CEUs: N/A | Format: Mobile | Prerequisites: AWR-140 or AWR-140-W, Introduction to Radiological/Nuclear WMD Operations

AWR-140-1

 

This instructor-led course prepares trainers to deliver the AWR-140 Introduction to Radiological/Nuclear WMD Operations. It focuses on the delivery of the AWR-140 course, including class preparation, instructional techniques, completion of course paperwork, notes and delivery tips, slide groupings, key points, and information to aid instruction.

 

Course Objectives: Prepare remote instructors to present the AWR-140 Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Radiological/Nuclear Awareness Course.

 

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

 

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

 

Cost: 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.

 

Location: Participant Site.

 

Compliance: 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 ctosreg@nv.doe.gov.



 

Response Level

By providing four tiers of response-level training, first responders progressively learn radiological/nuclear response tasks starting with the CTOS Radiological Awareness Level, continuing with Operations Level, Technical Level, and the Management and Planning Level.

 

pdf iconDHS Course #: PER-240

WMD Radiological/Nuclear Responder Operations Course
[RESPONSE]

 

Target Audience/Discipline: Emergency Medical Services, Fire Service, Healthcare, Hazardous Materials, Law Enforcement, Private Sector/Corporate Security and Safety Professionals, Public Works, Search and Rescue

 

Min/Max Enrollment: 25–50 | Hours: 24 hours (3 days) | CEUs: N/A | Format: Mobile | Prerequisites: N/A | Recommended Prerequisites: AWR-140 or AWR-140-W, Introduction to Radiological/Nuclear WMD Operations

PER-240

 

This instructor-led, exercise-based mobile training team delivered course trains emergency personnel to respond to radiological weapon of mass destruction incidents while mitigating the health risks to themselves and the public. The course combines individual performance skills required for the response to a radiological WMD incident, with the fundamentals of radiation, radiological health effects, and terrorist use of radiation and radiological material. Participants learn characteristics and operation of radiological instrumentation and dosimeters, radiological survey techniques, and operational considerations for the response to a radiological WMD incident.

 

The gained knowledge and skills are reinforced with detailed drills and exercises using radioactive material. The course advances from basic operation and techniques to tactical employment in realistic scenarios. The course concludes with a comprehensive final evaluation exercise that encompasses all the learned individual knowledge and skills required to respond to a WMD incident involving radioactive material.

 

Course Objectives:

  • Describe the terminology and units used for radiation measurement.
  • Explain how to operate an analog radiological instrument to determine the presence and quantity of radiation.
  • Use meter equipment to determine the dose rate and explain why it is necessary to get a dose rate reading.
  • Use survey techniques to determine radiological hazards and to make tactical decisions.
  • Recognize possible radiological/nuclear threats that could occur within the U.S., and identify who may obtain radiological/nuclear material, where they may obtain such material, and the impact and consequences of such an action.
  • Read an analog radiological instrument dial and interpret the radiation in the correct units.
  • Demonstrate the basic operation of a digital survey meter according to the instructions given.
  • Demonstrate the proper use of dosimeters.
  • Recognize and identify the biological effects of exposure to ionizing radiation accompanying radiological/nuclear incidents and how to properly identify, triage, and psychologically support contaminated patients.
  • Describe how to conduct a radiological decontamination for responders and the public.
  • Identify the procedure for selecting, donning, and doffing of personal protective equipment (PPE) for a radiological/nuclear environment.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of radiological threats and tactical considerations required to operate safely and effectively at a radiological incident.

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

 

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

 

Cost: 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.

 

Location: Participant Site.

 

Compliance: 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 ctosreg@nv.doe.gov.



 

Prevention Level

Prevention level courses are designed to improve the nation’s capability to detect unauthorized attempts to import, possess, store, develop, or transport nuclear or radiological material for use against the nation.

 


pdf iconDHS Course #: PER-243

Primary Screener/Personal Radiation Detector Course
[PREVENTION]

 

Target Audience/Discipline: Animal Emergency Services, Agricultural Safety, Citizen/Community Volunteer, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Service, Healthcare, Hazardous Materials, Law Enforcement, Public Health, Private Sector/Corporate Security and Safety Professionals, Public Works, Search and Rescue, Transportation Security

 

Min/Max Enrollment: 27–50 | Hours: 7 hours | CEUs: N/A | Format: Mobile | Prerequisites: N/A | Recommended Prerequisites: Applicants should be law enforcement and public safety officers who have been issued a PRD and whose duties place them in locations where illicit radiological/nuclear material may be hidden, transported, assembled, and/or employed by terrorist elements

PER-243

 

This instructor-led, exercise-based course is designed to train the Preventive Radiological/Nuclear Detection (PRND) mission using a personal radiation detector (PRD) to perform a preliminary radiological assessment. Responders operate PRDs to detect radiation, verify the radiation alarm, localize the source of radiation, measure the radiation level, and assess the threat status of the situation. Participants employ PRDs to help adjudicate potential threats regarding situations with people, vehicles, packages, and facilities. Additional information regarding PRND operations in maritime environments is available and included as needed.

 

Sealed radioactive sources are used during drills and practical exercises. These sources are intended to simulate types of radioactive material that may be encountered in the public domain. Course content includes a primary screener’s role in the Global Nuclear Detection Architecture and the National Preparedness Core Capabilities.

 

Course Objectives:

  • Identify the properties of radiation and radiological/nuclear material.
  • Recognize the difference between exposure and contamination.
  • Practice the concepts of time, distance, and shielding.
  • Operate and employ the PRD under simulated field conditions in accordance with the manufacturer operations guide, recommended standard operating procedures, and the PRD Participant Guide.
  • Discuss legal considerations when employing a radiation detection device for radiological/nuclear detection missions.

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

 

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

 

Cost: 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.

 

Location: Participant Site.

 

Compliance: 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 ctosreg@nv.doe.gov.



 

pdf iconDHS Course #: PER-245

Secondary Screener/Radiation Isotope Identifier Device Course
[PREVENTION]

 

Target Audience/Discipline: Fire Service, Hazardous Materials, Law Enforcement, Search and Rescue, Transportation Security

 

Min/Max Enrollment: 16–18 | Hours: 14 hours (2 days) | CEUs: N/A | Format: Mobile | Prerequisites: PER-243, Primary Screener/Personal Radiation Detector Course

PER-245

 

This instructor-led, exercise-based course is designed to train the Preventive Radiological/Nuclear Detection (PRND) mission using a Radiation Isotope Identifier Device (RIID) to perform a secondary radiological assessment. Responders operate RIIDs to detect radiation, verify the alarm, localize the source of radiation, measure the radiation level, identify radioactive isotopes, and assess the threat status of detected material. Participants employ the RIID to help adjudicate potential threats regarding situations with people, vehicles, packages, and facilities. Additional information regarding PRND operations in maritime environments is available and included as needed.

 

Sealed radioactive sources are used during drills and practical exercises. These sources are intended to simulate types of radioactive material that may be encountered in the public domain. Additionally, participants gain knowledge working with technical reachback assistance. Training is conducted using radioactive material and agency-specific RIIDs. Course content includes the secondary screener’s role in the Global Nuclear Detection Architecture and the National Preparedness Core Capabilities.

 

Course Objectives:

  • Identify the core elements of secondary screener knowledge requirements and actions.
  • Describe the RIID operation and, using the RIID and Field Operations Guide, perform the Alarm Response Guide steps to detect, verify, locate, measure, identify, and assess radiological sources, and transfer spectral data files to a personal computer.
  • Employ the RIID to detect, verify, locate, measure, identify, and assess radiological materials on people.
  • Employ the RIID to detect, verify, locate, measure, identify, and assess radiological materials in packages.
  • Employ the RIID to detect, verify, locate, measure, identify, and assess radiological materials in vehicles and facilities.
  • Describe the capabilities of the regional, state, local, and U.S. Department of Homeland Security Joint Analysis Center (JAC) reachback resources.
  • Use the RIID, the RIID data files, and an email-capable computer with RIID software and simulated radiation alarm scenario information, use the JAC to identify and help adjudicate an unknown simulated alarm.

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

 

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

 

Cost: 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.

 

Location: Participant Site.

 

Radioactive Sources: This course uses actual 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.).

 

Compliance: 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 ctosreg@nv.doe.gov.



 

pdf iconDHS Course #: PER-246

Primary Screener/Backpack Basic Course
[PREVENTION]

 

Target Audience/Discipline: Fire Service, Hazardous Materials, Law Enforcement, Private Sector/Corporate Security and Safety Professionals, Search and Rescue, Transportation Security

 

Min/Max Enrollment: 16–18 | Hours: 7 hours (1 day) | CEUs: N/A | Format: Mobile | Prerequisites: PER-243, Primary Screener/Personal Radiation Detector Course

PER-246

 

This instructor-led, exercise-based course is designed to train the Preventive Radiological/Nuclear Detection (PRND) mission using portable radiation detection systems (backpacks with a higher level of sensitivity than personal radiation detectors) to perform a preliminary radiological assessment. Responders operate backpacks to detect radiation, verify the radiation alarm, localize the source of radiation, measure the radiation level, and assess the threat status of the situation. Participants employ the backpacks to help adjudicate potential threats involving people, vehicles, packages, and facilities. Additional information regarding PRND operations in maritime environments is available and included as needed.

 

Sealed radioactive sources are used during drills and practical exercises. These sources are intended to simulate types of radioactive material that may be encountered in the public domain. Additionally, participants gain knowledge working with technical reachback assistance. Training is conducted using radioactive material and agency-specific RIIDs. Course content includes the secondary screener’s role in the Global Nuclear Detection Architecture and the National Preparedness Core Capabilities.

 

Course Objectives:

  • Describe the fundamentals of radiation that apply to primary screeners.
  • Operate the backpack under simulated field conditions.
  • Employ the backpack to detect, verify, locate, measure, and assess the radiation level of unknown radiological materials in facilities, vehicles, packages, and on people.

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

 

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

 

Cost: 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.

 

Location: Participant Site.

 

Radioactive Sources: This course uses actual 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.).

 

Compliance: 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 ctosreg@nv.doe.gov.

 


 

pdf iconDHS Course #: PER-247

Secondary Screener/Radiation Detection Kit Operations and Strategies Course
[PREVENTION]

 

Target Audience/Discipline: Fire Service, Hazardous Materials, Law Enforcement

 

Min/Max Enrollment: 24 | Hours: 7 hours (1 day) | CEUs: N/A | Format: Mobile | Prerequisites: N/A | Recommended Prerequisites: AWR-140/AWR-140-W, Introduction to Radiological/Nuclear WMD Operations; AWR-224-W, Secondary Screener Radiation Detection Kit Components and Controls; PER-243, Primary Screener/Personal Radiation Detector Course; PER-245, Secondary Screener/Radiation Isotope Identifier Device Course or equivalent training and/or experience

PER-247

 

This instructor-led, exercise-based course focuses on the operation and employment of the Radiation Detection Kit (RDK) in support of the Preventive Radiological/Nuclear Detection (PRND) mission. Responders are taught how to conduct a secondary screener investigation of elevated radiation levels and alarms using the radiation detection instruments and accessories contained in the RDK. Participants learn to detect radiation, verify alarms, localize the source of radiation, identify radioactive isotopes, and assess the threat status of detected material in facilities, packages, and vehicles.

 

Sealed radioactive sources are used during drills and practical exercises. These sources are intended to simulate types of radioactive material that may be encountered in the public domain. Additionally, participants gain knowledge working with technical reachback assistance. Training is conducted using radioactive material and agency-specific RIIDs. Course content includes the secondary screener’s role in the Global Nuclear Detection Architecture and the National Preparedness Core Capabilities.

 

Course Objectives:

  • Assemble and operate the issued RDK in a classroom environment.
  • Employ the issued RDK.
  • Deploy the issued RDK in a simulated tabletop environment.

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

 

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

 

Cost: 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.

 

Location: Participant Site.

 

Radioactive Sources: This course uses actual 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.).

 

Compliance: 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 ctosreg@nv.doe.gov.



 

pdf iconDHS Course #: PER-300

Primary Screener/Personal Radiation Detector Refresher Course
[PREVENTION]

 

Target Audience/Discipline: Animal Emergency Services, Agricultural Safety, Citizen/Community Volunteer, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Service, Healthcare, Hazardous Materials, Law Enforcement, Public Health, Private Sector/Corporate Security and Safety Professionals, Search and Rescue, Transportation Security

 

Min/Max Enrollment: 24 | Hours: 4 hours | CEUs: N/A | Format: Mobile | Prerequisites: Per-243, Primary Screener/Personal Radiation Detector Course or equivalent PRD initial training and/or experience | Recommended Prerequisites: AWR-140/AWR-140-W, Introduction Radiological/Nuclear WMD Operations (Optional based on Participant knowledge or properties of radiological/nuclear material)

PER-300

 

This instructor-led, exercise-based course provides refresher training to primary screeners who have successfully completed PER-243, Primary Screener/Personal Radiation Detector (PRD) Course. This course emphasizes crucial training points from the PRD course, while reviewing the knowledge and skills required in the operation and employment of a PRD during the initial detection of radioactive materials in varying scenarios.

 

Sealed radioactive sources are used during drills and practical exercises. These sources are intended to simulate types of radioactive material that may be encountered in the public domain. Additionally, participants gain knowledge working with technical reachback assistance. Training is conducted using radioactive material and agency-specific RIIDs. Course content includes the secondary screener’s role in the Global Nuclear Detection Architecture and the National Preparedness Core Capabilities.

 

Course Objectives:

  • Identify the properties of radiation and radiological/nuclear material.
  • List the recommended procedures for operating the PRD.
  • Select the appropriate response to PRD alarms on facilities, people, packages, and vehicles.
  • Identify legal considerations when using a PRD for radiological/nuclear detection missions.

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

 

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

 

Cost: 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.

 

Location: Participant Site.

 

Radioactive Sources: This course uses actual 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.).

 

Compliance: 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 ctosreg@nv.doe.gov.



pdf iconDHS Course #: PER-318

Preventive Radiological/Nuclear Detection Team Operations Course
[PREVENTION]

 

Target Audience/Discipline: Animal Emergency Services, Agricultural Safety, Citizen/Community Volunteer, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Service, Healthcare, Hazardous Materials, Law Enforcement, Public Health, Private Sector/Corporate Security and Safety Professionals, Search and Rescue, Transportation Security

 

Min/Max Enrollment: 24+ | Hours: 32 hours (4 days) | CEUs: N/A | Format: Mobile | Prerequisites: Type 2, PRND Screener; Type 1, PRND Screener |Recommended Prerequisites: N/A

PER-318

 

This instructor-led, exercise-based course provides Primary and Secondary Screeners the skill sets to maximize their PRND equipment capabilities to efficiently and effectively perform the essential tasks to protect and secure critical infrastructure, large venues, and special events as a National Incident Management System (NIMS) typed team.

 

Sealed radioactive sources are used during drills and practical exercises. These sources are intended to simulate types of radioactive material that may be encountered in the public domain. Additionally, participants gain knowledge working with technical reachback assistance. Training is conducted using radioactive material and agency-specific RIIDs. Course content includes the secondary screener’s role in the Global Nuclear Detection Architecture and the National Preparedness Core Capabilities.

 

Course Objectives:

  • Identify critical tasks of Preventive Radiological/Nuclear Detection (PRND) Team.
  • Perform and demonstrate the critical tasks involved in area detection operations.
  • Demonstrate the ability to operate PRND Team detection equipment.
  • Team operators will demonstrate the critical tasks involved in chokepoint operations.

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

 

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

 

Cost: 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.

 

Location: Participant Site.

 

Radioactive Sources: This course uses actual 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.).

 

Compliance: 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 ctosreg@nv.doe.gov.

 

 

 

 

 



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Target Audience

  • State and Local First Responders
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Emergency Management Agency
  • Fire Service
  • Government Administrative
  • Hazardous Materials Personnel
  • Law Enforcement
  • Healthcare
  • Public Health
  • Public Safety Communications
  • Public Works
  • Other skilled support personnel
    who provide immediate
    support services during prevention, response, and recovery operations

In recent years, over 13,000 First Responders trained annually.


All CTOS courses are subject to a DHS certification process that utilizes third-party subject matter experts to validate the content of the course materials and ensure that the lessons are meeting industry standards and regulations. In addition to all courses undergoing certification, all CTOS instructors must complete the DHS and NDPC Instructor Certification Programs. Instructors all possess both DHS and NDPC Instructor Certifications, which provides CTOS with a consistent approach to ensuring only highly skilled instructors with both field and classroom experience deliver DHS-sponsored training.


 

Comments from a Secondary Screener/Radiation Isotope Identifier Device Class held in Brooklyn, NY:

 

“This training is exceptional.
I enjoyed every phase.
Your professionalism changed my perspective about this Country.
I realized another facet of the
blood and sweat that keeps this
Country free.”