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Course Details

Operational Level Response to HazMat/WMD Incidents
NTED Course Number PER-212
Length 24.00 hours
Delivery Mobile (Non-Resident)
Level Performance
Continuing Education Credits 2.40
This course provides the knowledge and skills needed to obtain certification through the National Professional Qualifications System (NPQS/Pro Board) as an Operations-level responder.

This three-day course focuses on the unique response and personal protection challenges that responders face during a Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)/terrorist incident or a Hazardous Materials (HazMat) incident. The Operations-level training prepares emergency responders from all disciplines to recognize and identify hazardous material and to mitigate a HazMat incident by preventing further contamination of people, property, and the environment.

PER212 is based on National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 472 (2008 ed.) consensus standard Operations-level core competencies and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) mission-specific competency, as well as Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 1910.120 and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (40 CFR Part 311) response regulations.
Upon completion, participants will be able to:
- Predict the likely behavior of hazardous materials involved in a Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) incident, identify the containers and the container markings, and determine whether hazardous materials are involved while initiating a response plan.
- Effectively work and communicate within an Incident Command System (ICS).
- Assess the incident scene and surrounding area, identify unique hazards present at a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, or Explosive/Hazardous Materials (CBRNE/HazMat) incident, help determine the size and scope of an incident, and communicate this information to the appropriate parties.
- Plan and implement a response plan based on a survey at a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, or Explosive/Hazardous Materials (CBRNE/HazMat) incident by identifying the containers and container markings, determining whether or not hazardous materials were involved and, if so, the extent of the threat.
- Determine appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for a given hazardous material, as well as don, doff, and work in PPE.
- Describe the need for and purpose of decontamination and perform emergency decontamination procedures.
- Identify, select, implement, and assess the effectiveness of defensive strategies.
NTED Prerequisites
Other Prerequisites
Note: When Pro-Board testing, an Awareness level course meeting Chapter 4 of the NFPA 472 Standard (2008) is the certification requirement. The preferred course meeting the certification requirement is the TEEX online course: AWR-160-W ( or the instructor led: AWR-160-SAT (TEEX Course #OGT-208).

For all other students recommended prior to taking the course: TEEX on-line: AWR-160-W ( or the instructor led: AWR-160-SAT (TEEX Course #OGT-208)
Target Audience
Animal Emergency Services, Agricultural Safety, Citizen/Community Volunteer, Emergency Management, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Service, Healthcare, Hazardous Materials, Law Enforcement, Public Health, Public Safety Communications, Public Works, Transportation Security
Mission Areas and Core Capabilities
Respond   -  Environmental Response / Health and Safety
Mitigate  -  Operational Coordination
Mitigate  -  Planning
Mitigate  -  Threats and Hazard Identification
Prevent   -  Public Information and Warning
Protect   -  Operational Coordination
Protect   -  Planning
Protect   -  Screening, Search and Detection
Protect   -  Physical Protective Measures
Recover   -  Operational Coordination
Recover   -  Planning
Recover   -  Public Information and Warning
Recover   -  Infrastructure Systems
Respond   -  Operational Coordination
Respond   -  Planning
Respond   -  Infrastructure Systems
Respond   -  Situational Assessment
Training Certificate
Training Partner's Certificate of Completion
Contact Information
PER-212 Operational Level Response to HazMat/WMD Incidents
Kent Gardner

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