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PER 222 Public Safety WMD Response - Sampling Techniques and Guidelines

This course addresses specific fundamentals and skills associated with an emergency response to a WMD incident. As such, it provides detailed technical information and includes hands-on practice of actions required of emergency responders in such situations.

Participants are provided the opportunity to perform public safety sampling techniques required in the response to a WMD event. Of special interest is the course’s emphasis on collecting forensically valid samples, which is accomplished through maintaining a secure chain-of-custody for the sample from the time of collection through laboratory analysis. This process is consistent with the FBI 12-step process for managing a crime scene, including those involving a WMD.

Course Length: 24 hours

Course Manager: National Center for Biomedical Research and Training

Course Timeline: 3 days

Registration Information: or 815/526-2185


Target Audience/Discipline: The target audience for the Direct Delivery version of this course includes: •Emergency responders most likely to be called upon to operate within the exclusion zone of a WMD incident involving hazardous materials •Responders able to utilize personal protective equipment (PPE) at Level C or higher, employ monitoring and detection devices and procedures and obtain samples from the scene for analysis •Responders who work with HazMat teams in roles that do not require exclusion zone entry •Personnel responsible for receiving and transporting a public safety sample from the HazMat team to a laboratory

Scheduled Classes:
Date Location
02/27/2015-03/01/2015St. Charles**

** No lodging available

Please note: Applications for courses will be accepted up to 1 day prior to the course date. However, the cutoff date for lodging is 7 days prior to class.

If you want to learn more about the Training Program or are interested in attending a specific course, please contact your IEMA Regional Coordinator or Lori McTaggart. Registration should be made in advance to attend any IEMA sponsored class. Walk-in registrations are only accepted if room space and course materials are available. To register for IEMA classes, please see the IEMA Online Registration and Tracking Program Page.




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