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Emergency Medical Operations for CBRNE Incidents

EMO PER-267 32 Contact Hours
Target Audience/Disciplines

Emergency Medical Services, Healthcare, Public Health, Emergency Medical Technicians, Paramedics, and Hospital Staff, including Physicians and Nurses. Responders must be state-licensed Paramedics, EMTs, or Emergency Care Providers.


The Emergency Medical Operations for CBRNE Incidents (EMO) is a four-day course that prepares responders to effectively respond to a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or explosive (CBRNE) or mass casualty incident. The four-day EMO course provides classroom lectures, extensive hands-on training, and culminates with a hands-on practical exercise that allows responders to implement the emergency-response knowledge and skills learned during the course.

Below are some, but not all, of the critical skill sets learned during this training program:

  • Apply Incident Command System principles focusing on medical operations.
  • Identify the appropriate personal protection equipment levels when responding to a CBRNE incident or mass casualty incident.
  • Evaluate casualties using techniques such as Simple Triage and Rapid Treatment (START) and JumpSTART.
  • Provide casualty assistance and perform emergency medical operations while wearing personal protective equipment.
  • Process non-ambulatory, ambulatory, and special needs casualties through a decontamination corridor.
  • Conduct tracking and transport operations in support of casualty evacuation during a mass casualty incident.
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Prerequisites and Requirements

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

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

Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (Emergency Medical Technicians and paramedics only): 32