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Hands-On Training for CBRNE Incidents

HOT PER-262 16 Contact Hours
Target Audience/Disciplines

Emergency Management, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Service, Governmental Administrative, Healthcare, Law Enforcement, Public Health, Public Safety Communications, and Public Works. Hands-On Training for CBRNE Incidents (HOT) is not designed for Hazardous Materials Technicians.


Hands-On Training for CBRNE Incidents is a two-day course in which participants develop and apply chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or explosive (CBRNE) incident-response practices in a realistic environment. The HOT course provides participants with knowledge and skills to perform at an operations level. The HOT course provides responders with the unique opportunity to practice their knowledge and skills in a practical exercise 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:<

  • Explain the course of action for a CBRNE response, including triage, decontamination, scene survey, and monitoring operations.
  • Perform mass casualty triage, decontamination, and monitoring operations while wearing the appropriate level of personal protective equipment (PPE) in response to a CBRNE incident.
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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 1.6 CEUs for this program.

Nursing, through Alabama Board of Nursing (nurses only): 16

Police Officer Standards and Training (POST), if approved by the student's state: 16

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