Evidence Collection in a Hazardous Materials EnvironmentHEC PER-201 32 Contact Hours
Law Enforcement, Fire Service, and Hazardous Materials technicians who require training and practice in hazardous evidence collection.
Hazardous Materials Evidence Collection for CBRNE Incidents (HEC) is a four-day course, during which responders receive instruction in hazardous evidence preservation and sampling, field screening, evaluating physical evidence, responsibilities of evidence collection teams, and methods for evidence documentation and packaging. Students perform advanced, practical tasks in the Nation's only toxic chemical-agent training facility, the Chemical, Ordnance, Biological, and Radiological (COBRA) Training Facility.
Below are some, but not all, of the critical skill sets learned during this training program:
- Plan a response to a criminal hazardous-materials incident.
- Conduct preliminary survey of crime scene.
- Document the crime scene.
- Collect hazardous evidence.
- Screen evidence for corrosiveness, flammability, oxidation, radioactivity, and volatile organic compounds.
- Release the crime scene.
- Don and doff Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Level C.
Prerequisites and Requirements
To be eligible to attend the course, the student must successfully complete the following courses:
- AWR-160, WMD/Terrorism Awareness for Emergency Responders, and
- IS-100.b Introduction to the Incident Command System or any of the ICS-100 series.
- Have been trained in the use of PPE in a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or explosive environment; and
- Have a responsibility or requirement to collect evidence in a hazardous materials environment;
Exceptions to the above prerequisite may be granted on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the CDP Registrar.
Continuing Education Credits
The Center for Domestic Preparedness is authorized by the IACET to offer 3.2 continuing education units for this program.