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

 

The 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.


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 ctosmttreg@nv.doe.gov.

 

 

 

CTOS Mobile Training Courses

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.

 

DHS Course #: AWR-140

Introduction to Radiological/Nuclear Weapons of Mass Destruction (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

 

Hours: 4 hours (1/2 day) | CEUs: N/A | Format: Mobile | Prerequisites: N/A


COURSE IS ALSO AVAILABLE ONLINE (DHS Course #AWR-140-W) AND THROUGH THE INDIRECT TRAINER PROGRAM (DHS Course #AWR-140-1)

 

 


DHS Course #: AWR-346

Introduction to Radiological/Nuclear WMD Operations for Law Enforcement
[PREVENTION]

 

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

 

Hours: 4 hours (1/2 day) | CEUs: N/A | Format: Mobile | Prerequisites: N/A


COURSE IS ALSO AVAILABLE THROUGH THE INDIRECT TRAINER PROGRAM (DHS Course #AWR-346-1)

 

This instructor-led course provides Law Enforcement with fundamental knowledge in two distinct mission spaces related to radiological/nuclear threats to Preventive Radiological/Nuclear Detection (PRND) mission and the response mission. PRND mission training covers program structure, operational modes, and federal assets. Response mission training provides an overview of threat or incident recognition, protective measures, notifications, and scene site management during a radiological/nuclear WMD incident.

 


DHS Course #: AWR-350 (Pilot)

Introduction to Radiological/Nuclear WMD Operations for Emergency Medical Services/Healthcare
[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

 

Hours: 4 hours (1/2 day) | CEUs: N/A | Format: Mobile | Prerequisites: N/A


COURSE IS ALSO AVAILABLE THROUGH THE INDIRECT TRAINER PROGRAM (DHS Course #AWR-350-1)

 

This instructor-led course provides Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Medical Healthcare personnel with the situational awareness response operations that will be encountered during a radiological or nuclear incident.

 

 


Response Level

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.

 

 

DHS Course #: PER-241 (Pilot)

Technician Level Response to Radiological/Nuclear Hazardous Materials Incidents

 

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

 

Hours: 28 hours (4 days) | CEUs: N/A | Format: Mobile | Prerequisites: N/A

 

This course is intended to prepare the Hazardous Materials Technician to effectively respond to a Radiological/Nuclear WMD incident by correctly identifying instrumentation needed to perform incident characterization, establishing zones, sampling collection of suspected threat material and understanding the health effects of ionizing radiation.

 

 

DHS Course #: PER-332

Population Monitoring at Community Reception Centers

 

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

 

Hours: 7 hours (1 day) | CEUs: N/A | Format: Mobile | Prerequisites: N/A

 

This course trains emergency responders and non-uniformed support personnel to operate monitoring stations within the Community Reception Center (CRC), or similar reception centers, to perform population monitoring and contamination reduction measures after a radiological or nuclear incident. Examples of incidents that would initiate the establishment of a CRC include a nuclear detonation such as an improvised nuclear device (IND), radiological dispersal device (RDD), an attack on a nuclear power plant (NPP) or other incidents that expose the general population to radioactive contamination.

 

 

DHS Course #: PER-345

Radiation Instruments Operations

 

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

 

Hours: 4 hours (1/2 day) | CEUs: N/A | Format: Mobile | Prerequisites: N/A

 

This course provides instrument operation skills needed by the first responders when responding to a radiological or nuclear incident. The course provides a general overview of detection equipment, its selection, and its general operation. The training will encompass basic operations of the following: Dosimeters, Personal Radiation Detectors, (PRDs), Human Portable Radiation Detectors (Backpacks), survey meters, portal monitors, and Radio-Isotope Identifier Devices (RIIDs). The course will enable participants to select the appropriate instrument operation in performance of that Mission.

 

 

DHS Course #: PER-347

Personal Protective Equipment-Mission Specific Competencies

 

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

 

Hours: 7 hours (1 day) | CEUs: N/A | Format: Mobile | Prerequisites: N/A

 

This course has been designed to meet the intent of NFPA 472, Chapter 6.2. The goal of this course is to identify and demonstrate the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) essential for response to Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) incidents. This includes an in-depth inspection of available equipment, determining their uses, and selecting the appropriate PPE for a HAZMAT incident based upon the type of emergency and the hazards that may exist. These competencies have been identified for the Operations level responder assigned to use PPE at a HAZMAT Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) incident.

 

 

DHS Course #: PER-348 (Pilot)

Operations Level Response to Radiological/Nuclear WMD

 

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

 

Hours: 7 hours (1 day) | CEUs: N/A | Format: Mobile | Prerequisites: N/A

 

This course is designed for response mission operations and personnel who have little or no training in radiological/nuclear emergency WMD response. This course provides First Responders with fundamental knowledge regarding mission spaces related to radiological/nuclear threats.

 

 


DHS Course #: PER-370 (Pilot)

Operations Level Response to Radiological/Nuclear WMD for Emergency Medical Services/Healthcare

 

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

 

Hours: 7 hours (1 day) | CEUs: N/A | Format: Mobile | Prerequisites: N/A

 

This course provides response level training to those Participants, who could provide medical services during a radiological/nuclear incident. The goal of the training is to increase the Participant's essential knowledge on how to respond to a radiological/nuclear WMD incident in the safest manner possible for themselves and the victims.

 


DHS Course #: PER-377 (Pilot)

Nuclear Detonation Response Operations

 

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

 

Hours: 7 hours (1 day) | CEUs: N/A | Format: Mobile | Prerequisites: N/A

 

This course provides Participants with advanced knowledge and methodologies needed for response to an incident involving a nuclear weapon or nuclear device. It provides the foundational knowledge on radiological/nuclear concepts, potential radiological/nuclear WMD threats, their effects, and response strategies.

 


DHS Course #: PER-378 (Pilot)

Radiological Operations Support Specialist Training

 

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

 

Hours: 28 hours (4 days) | CEUs: N/A | Format: Mobile | Prerequisites: N/A

 

This course trains radiological specialist to become candidates for the position of Radiological Operations Support Specialist (ROSS). A ROSS is a State and local Subject Matter Expert tasked with identifying and providing critical information pertaining to radiological or nuclear incidents to responders, Key Leaders, and decision makers in an Incident Command System environment.


 


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.

 

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 the secondary screener’s role in the Global Nuclear Detection Architecture and the National Preparedness Core Capabilities.

 

 

DHS Course #: PER-243

Primary Screener/Personal Radiation Detector Course

 

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

 

Hours: 7 hours (1 day) | 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


COURSE IS ALSO AVAILABLE THROUGH THE INDIRECT TRAINER PROGRAM (DHS Course #PER-243-2)

 

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.

 

 

DHS Course #: PER-245

Secondary Screener/Radiation Isotope Identifier Device Course

 

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

 

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

 

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.

 

 

DHS Course #: PER-246

Preventive Radiological/Nuclear Detection Backpack Operations for the Primary Screener

 

Target Audience/Discipline: Fire Service, Hazardous Materials, Law Enforcement, Private Sector/Corporate Security, Safety Professionals, Search and Rescue, Transportation Security and others performing duties as a primary screener

 

Hours: 4 hours (1/2 day) | CEUs: N/A | Format: Mobile | Prerequisites: PER-243, Primary Screener/Personal Radiation Detector Course, or have equivalent training as both a Primary Screener and in PRD operations

 

This instructor-led 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.

 

 

DHS Course #: PER-300

Primary Screener/Personal Radiation Detector Refresher Course

 

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

 

Hours: 2 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)


COURSE IS ALSO AVAILABLE ONLINE (DHS Course #PER-300-W) AND THROUGH THE INDIRECT TRAINER PROGRAM (DHS Course #PER-300-1)

 

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.

 

 

DHS Course #: PER-318

Preventive Radiological/Nuclear Detection Team Operations Course

 

Target Audience/Discipline: Law Enforcement, Fire Service, Sate, Local, Territorial, and Tribal (SLTT) Primary and Secondary Screeners who perform PRND tasks included in the National Preparedness Goal mission areas of Preventive and Protection, and SLTT agencies who wish to develop NIMS typed PRND team.

 

Hours: 28 hours (4 days) | CEUs: N/A | Format: Mobile | Prerequisites: PRND Screener Type 2 and Type 1

 

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 teams. The exercises are based on specific competencies, behaviors, and tasks utilizing typed personnel, equipment and teams.

 

 

DHS Course #: PER-349

Preventive Radiological/Nuclear Detection Backpack Refresher

 

Target Audience/Discipline: This course trains State, Local, Territorial, and Tribal (SLTT) Law Enforcement, Fire Department, First Responders, and others who are members of jurisdictions engaged in PRND operations as Primary Screeners.

 

Hours: 2 hours | CEUs: N/A | Format: Mobile | Prerequisites: AWR-140, Introduction to Radiological/Nuclear WMD Operations; PER-243, Primary Screener/Personal Radiation Detector Course; and PER-246, PRND Backpack Operations for the Primary Screener


COURSE IS ALSO AVAILABLE THROUGH THE INDIRECT TRAINER PROGRAM (DHS Course #PER-349-1)

 

This refresher course reviews the basic operation and employment of a Backpack radiation detection system, wide area sweeps and facility operations. The course is designed to provide current PRND operators with updates in technology and the PRND mission. The course may be taught in conjunction with other PRND refreshers and/or followed by a Radiation Instrument Employment course, allowing hands-on operations using radioactive material and agency specific backpacks. CTOS provides instruments for training purposes; attendees are encouraged to bring their own department’s instruments if possible. This course uses sealed radioactive sources to provide realism.

 

 

DHS Course #: PER-350

Preventive Radiological/Nuclear Detection Maritime Operations Course

 

Target Audience/Discipline: This course trains State, Local, Territorial, and Tribal (SLTT), Law Enforcement, Fire Department, and personnel who perform tasks in the National Preparedness Goal with the focus with the focus on personnel who are assigned Maritime PRND duties acting as a PRND Screener Type 1 or 2, Primary or Secondary Screener.

 

Hours: 21 hours (3 days) | CEUs: N/A | Format: Mobile | Recommended Prerequisites: Must have a basic operational understanding of small boats and/or be part of a maritime team.


This instructor led course establishes a standardized operational understanding of small vessel maritime PRND operations, and provides the skills necessary to execute missions safely and effectively. Participants, working as a crew team, will demonstrate proficiency in primary and secondary screening, safety and tactical positioning, chokepoint setup and operation, and area sweeps in the maritime environment. Drills are based on specific com-petencies, behaviors, and tasks leveraging NIMS typed personnel, equipment, and teams.

 

 

DHS Course #: PER-351

Preventive Radiological/Nuclear Detection Team Leader Operations Course

 

Target Audience/Discipline: Fire Service, Hazardous Materials, Law Enforcement, Search and Rescue, Transportation Security and others performing duties as a secondary screener

 

Hours: 14 hours (2 days) | CEUs: N/A | Format: Mobile | Prerequisites: ICS-100, ICS-200, IS-700, PRND Screener Type 2 and Type 1.

 

This course provides instrument operation skills needed by the first responders when responding to a radiological or nuclear incident. The course provides a general overview of detection equipment, its selection, and its general operation. The training will encompass basic operations of the following: dosimeters, Personal Radiation Detectors, (PRDs), Human Portable Radiation Detectors (Backpacks), survey meters, portal monitors, and Radio-Isotope Identifier Devices (RIIDs). The course will enable participants to select the appropriate instrument operation in performance of that mission.