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February 2024 - Chemical Response Training - Competencies for Awareness Level Responders

A training for awareness level personnel who, in the course of their normal duties, could encounter an emergency and involve
hazardous materials/weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and who are expected to recognize the presence of the hazardous
materials/WMD, protect themselves, call for trained personnel, and secure the area.
Topics covered in this course include:

  • A brief overview of NIMS and how it is used to manage an event
  • A discussion about the types of resources needed to respond to a chemical emergency (both pre-hospital and hospital)
  • How to develop a specialty response team and why it’s important.
  • Understanding the difference between exposure and contamination.
  • What are the types of chemical detection equipment available?
    • Demonstration of air monitoring equipment and pH paper with samples
  • A discussion or assessment of what equipment they have available.
  • A discuss and possible demonstration of the kind of PPE needed for chemical response. How is it different from other PPE?
    • Proper donning and doffing techniques
  • Decontamination types
    • Demonstration of decon technique
More details coming soon to include specific date, location, and registration information.

In preparation for the Chemical Response training in February 2024, these are recommended free courses available online

IS-100.C: Introduction to the Incident Command System, ICS 100

IS-200.C: Basic Incident Command System for Initial Response, ICS-200

Foundational Concepts of Chemistry Q0228

Managing Hazardous Materials Incidents Volumes 1-3

Hazardous Materials Awareness Refresher

Free Mini Trainings available that take less than 9 minutes each.

7 Clues to Identify Chemical Hazards: Center for Domestic Preparedness

Chemical Hazard Recognition – TRIC

Mass Casualty & Disaster Management

On Campus Course at The Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) in Anniston, Alabama and fully funded. **

Be Smart, Take Part  - Emerging Infectious Disease Prepararedness & Response for Frontline Healthcare Facilities   

Samantha Stamper
Director, Hospital Emergency Management
Lisa Green
Program Manager