Radiological Emergency Response Operations
RERO PER-904 40 Contact Hours
Any member of an organized federal, state, local, or tribal radiological/hazardous materials response element who has responsibility for responding to or managing a radiological incident. Personnel assigned to such teams include Fire Service, Law Enforcement, Health Physicists, Industrial Hygienists, Radiological Officers, and other emergency service personnel with similar responsibilities. Local or tribal participants should reside within either of two Emergency Planning Zones (EPZ). The two EPZs are described as 1) the plume exposure pathway EPZ has a radius of about 10 miles from the reactor site, or 2) the ingestion exposure pathway EPZ has a radius of about 50 miles from the reactor site. There are more than 100 commercial nuclear power reactors in the United States.
A spreadsheet of jurisdictions, broken down by FEMA Region and state, eligible to attend Radiological training courses is available here.
Radiological Emergency Response Operations is a five-day course includes lectures, hands-on training, and team exercises. Students learn the concepts, equipment, and procedures related to radiological incident response, including a commercial nuclear power facility. During the course, the responders work in teams to perform radiological emergency response operations in a realistic exercise environment. The course culminates with an exercise that implements the Incident Command system in response to an incident that requires team coordination. The course adheres to Federal Emergency Management Agency Radiological Emergency Preparedness Program, the Environmental Protection Agency Manual or Protective Action Guides and Protective Actions for Nuclear Incidents and Federal regulations.
Below are some, but not all, of the critical skill sets learned during this training program::
- Identify radiological terms, hazards, methods of protection, and the physiological effects of radiation.
- Describe the dynamics and operations of a Radiological Response Team as it relates to the Incident Command System.
- Recommend appropriate instruments to use in the field.
- Perform operational checks for dosimeters and radiation equipment prior to responding to a radiological incident site.
- Properly survey and monitor for radiation, collect samples for analysis, and complete the associated forms during a response to an emergency incident involving radiation.
As this course is being taught, the Advanced Radiological Incidents (ARIO) course will also be in session with both courses coming together in an Integrated Capstone Event. The RERO course will focus on first responder hands-on equipment skills and responsibilities as members of a field monitoring team during radiological Plume and Ingestion Pathway incidents; whereas, the ARIO course will focus on Emergency Operations Center responsibilities, coordination of the field monitoring teams, data collection, and developing recommendations for protective actions
Prerequisites and Requirements
To be eligible for the course, the student must successfully complete the following courses:
- AWR-160, WMD/Terrorism Awareness for Emergency Responders;
- IS-100.b, Introduction to the Incident Command System;
- IS-200.b, ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents;
- IS-700.a, National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction;
- IS-800.b, National Response Framework (NRF), An Introduction. IS-3, Radiological Emergency Management;
- Fundamental Course for Radiological Response or equivalent.
- Meet the requirements and standards of Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER), 29 C.F.R. § 1910.120(q)(6)(ii), (2009) and/or National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 472 Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents, Chapters 5 and 6.7.
Continuing Education Credits
The Center for Domestic Preparedness is authorized by IACET to offer 4.0 CEUs for this program.
Nursing, through Alabama Board of Nursing (nurses only): 40
Police Officer Standards and Training (POST), if approved by the student’s state: 40