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Technical Emergency Response Training for CBRNE Incidents

TERT PER-260 32 Contact Hours
Target Audience/Disciplines

Emergency Management, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Service, Governmental Administrative, Hazardous Materials, Healthcare, Law Enforcement, Public Health, Public Safety Communications, and Public Works. This course is not designed for Hazardous Materials Technicians.


The Technical Emergency Response Training for CBRNE Incidents (TERT) is a four-day course that provides responders with chemical-, biological-, radiological-, nuclear-, and explosive- (CBRNE-) specific and all-hazards response skills enabling them to respond safely to either event. This course presents information regarding immediate response actions associated with life safety, preservation of property, and restoration of an incident site, as well as information related to the identification of CBRNE hazards. The TERT course concludes with the performance of acquired skills and tasks in the Nation’s only toxic chemical-agent training facility dedicated solely to emergency responders, 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:

  • Identify potential targets terrorists may attack using CBRNE agents.
  • Discuss the various aspects of biological agents when used as weapons.
  • Describe the types of threats associated with chemical weapons and the proper response to a chemical hazard incident.
  • Describe radiological sources/hazards used by terrorists.
  • Perform the necessary skills to support mass casualty triage and evacuation operations at a CBRNE/all-hazards mass casualty incident.
Course Offerings

Not offered at this time.

Prerequisites and Requirements

To be eligible for the course, the student must successfully complete the following course:

Continuing Education Credits

The Center for Domestic Preparedness is authorized by IACET to offer 3.2 CEUs for this program.

Nursing, through Alabama Board of Nursing (nurses only): 32

Police Officer Standards and Training (POST), if approved by the student’s state: 32

CA Environmental Health Specialist, through National Environmental Health Association (environmental health professionals): 32

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