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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.

 

In order to attend this training please click "HERE". You will be required to fill out a registration form, obtain the appropriate signatures and send it to your designated State Administrative Agency (SAA) point of contact for approval. All requests must be approved by the SAA before submitting to CTOS. To find current training point of contact information in your area you can also contact the FEMA/NPD Help Line at (800) 368-6498.

 

Courses are held at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) from 7:00am to 5:00pm Monday - Thursday (Daily).

  • Attendees are eligible to attend training as a refresher every 3 years
  • Attendees must be U.S. Citizens

Resident training courses are conducted on-site at the Nevada National Nuclear Site (NNSS). CTOS conducts resident training courses at the NNSS. The NNSS is a massive outdoor laboratory, national experimental center, and training facility located 65 miles northwest of Las Vegas, Nevada. Originally established for testing nuclear weapons, from 1951 to 1992, 1,021 nuclear detonations and numerous radiological dispersal tests have been executed at the NNSS. This rich nuclear testing history of the NNSS offers dynamic training opportunities today. The 1,375 square miles of secluded and secure land at the NNSS provide a safe environment for training in realistic WMD scenarios. Students typically fly into Las Vegas for the course and stay at a designated hotel for one night until bussed to the NNSS for hands-on training. While taking the course at the NNSS students are provided lodging and dining facilities on site.

 

PER-354 PER-243-1

PER-354
Response to Radiological/Nuclear Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents [RESPONSE]

 

PER-243-1
Primary Screener/Personal Radiation Detector Train-the-Trainer Course [PREVENTION]

 

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Component Suite of Courses: PER-243,   PER-245,    PER-246
PRNDOS Preventive Radiological/Nuclear Detection On-Site Program [PREVENTION]

 




 

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-354

Response to Radiological/Nuclear Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Incidents
[RESPONSE]

 

Target Audience/Discipline: Fire Service, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Hazardous Materials, Law Enforcement, Search and Rescue

 

Min/Max Enrollment: 48–56 | Hours: 30 hours (3 days) | CEUs: N/A| Format: Resident | Prerequisites: AWR-140 or AWR-140-W, Introduction to Radiological/Nuclear Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Operations | Recommended Prerequisites: It is recommended that Participants be Certified Hazardous Material Technicians

PER-354

 

This instructor led, drill-based course delivered at the Nevada National Security Site combines individual and team performance skills required in the response to a radiological/nuclear Weapon of Mass Destruction (WMD) incident. Course materials are presented over a three (3) day period utilizing various learning methods, to include classroom lecture, demonstrations, and hands-on drills. The course culminates in a multi-phased drill event where knowledge, skills, and procedures are applied. To accomplish the objectives of this course, the Participants will learn of the current terrorist threats related to radiological/nuclear WMDs, as well as the characteristics and hazards of Radiation Exposure Devices (REDs), Radiological Dispersal Devices (RDDs), and Improvised Nuclear Devices (INDs), and the related response considerations. Participants will also gain knowledge and skills pertaining to use of radiation detection devices required for the response and safety of the responder.

Training will further include establishing operational zones (both classroom instruction and drill application), Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) (PER 347), Responder and non-ambulatory decontamination, and use of the Radio-Isotope Identification Device (RIID) for hazard identification (PER 345).

 

Course Objectives: Upon completion of this training course, Participants will be able to:

  • Recognize a radiological/nuclear WMD incident and factors to consider when responding to this type of terrorist threat.
  • Describe the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) used at a radiological incident.
  • Given a radiological/nuclear WMD scenario, describe how to conduct radiological decontamination for the public.
  • Determine the critical need for, and requirement of, establishing zones during a radiological/nuclear WMD incident.
  • Explain the employment of the Radio-Isotope Identification Device (RIID) to locate and identify contained and uncontained radiological/nuclear materials.
  • Perform an area/facility detection operation.
  • Determine the effectiveness of the actions taken in accomplishing the planned response objectives and describe the steps required to terminate the emergency phase of the incident consistent with the Incident Action Plan (IAP).

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: Nevada National Security 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 roundtrip airline flight across the U.S.).

 

Compliance: This course enhances the competencies defined in National Fire Prevention 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 the Training Coordinator in your area, please CLICK "HERE"



 

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-243-1

Primary Screener/Personal Radiation Detector Course Train-the-Trainer [PREVENTION]

 

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

 

Min/Max Enrollment: 10 | Hours: 24 hours (3 Days) | CEUs: 2.4| Format: Resident | 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. | Recommended Prequisites: AWR-140/AWR-104-W, Introduction to Radiological/Nuclear Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Operations

PER-243-1

 

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 reach 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.

 

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.

 

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 the Training Coordinator in your area, please click ""HERE""



 

Component Suite of Course:

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1) PER-243 Personal Radiation Detector (PRD) Course

2) PER-245 Secondary Screener/Radiation Isotope Identifier Device Course (SS/RIID)

3) PER-246 Primary Screener Backpack Basic Course (PS/BB)

          PRNDOS Preventive Radiological/Nuclear Detection On-Site Program [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: 28 hours (4 days) | CEUs: N/A | Format: Resident | Prerequisites: AWR-140 or AWR-140-W, Introduction to Radiological/Nuclear Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Operations | Recommended Prerequisites: Applicants should be law enforcement and public safety officers from jurisdictions that currently own or are scheduled to receive instruments used for detection and identification of radiological materials.

 

The Preventive Radiological/Nuclear Detection On-Site Program (PRNDOS) Program offers three of the prevent mission courses in one-week-long training program. It is designed to accommodate responders from agencies unable to host a PRND mobile training team class, or due to attrition, if only a few responders require the training. PRNDOS enables jurisdictions that cannot train a full complement of students at their location to complete a full suite of PRND courses at CTOS facility at the NNSS.

 

The three classes listed are being offered as a full week of training for students who are in locations where CTOS cannot train a full complement of students due to not meeting the minimum class size or for jurisdictions who have lost personnel previously trained by CTOS through attrition. Students signing up for these courses are required to attend the full suite of classes if accepted to attend.

 

Course Objectives: Note: Refer to the individual course descriptions for each course listed below.

  • PRD Course (PER-243) This one-day course focuses on the detection, alarm assessment, locating and mitigation of an event involving radiological/nuclear materials. [Stand alone course when delivered]
  • PS/BB Course (PER-246) This course is designed to train law enforcement and public safety officers to employ department procured and issued backpack radiation detection systems within the bounds of the jurisdiction/agency operational environment, including local instruments, procedures, and legal considerations. The course provides training and extensive hands-on practice with actual radioactive material so that personnel employing a backpack radiation detection system during detection and interdiction missions can detect, verify, locate, measure, and access potentially illicit radioactive material. [Stand alone course when delivered]
  • SS/RIID Course (PER-245) This course is designed to train law enforcement officers and personnel from other disciplines designated to support law enforcement agencies to perform radiological/nuclear detection secondary screener duties through the employment of radiation isotope identifier devices (RIIDs). The course provides training, which includes extensive hands-on practice utilizing actual radioactive material, to enable personnel assigned as secondary screeners to respond effectively to a request for assistance from a primary screener. [Stand alone course when delivered]

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.

 

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.

 

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 the Training Coordinator in your area, please click ""HERE""



 

 

 

 

 

 



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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


Training is provided at no cost to eligible Participants


U.S. Department of Homeland Security/FEMA/NPD funding is used for: developing and delivering courses, transportation, food, and housing for students attending residence courses.

 

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.