FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness is putting the final touches on a new course that will be part of a chemical operations support specialist program run by the agency’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Office.

The five-day resident course will train, equip and qualify chemical operations support specialists in the program – which is geared toward hazardous materials technicians, toxicologists and chemists – how to advise and support on-scene commanders and operations center officials during incidents where chemicals have been released.  It will include both classroom instruction and practical exercises. 

Once the draft of the new course is completed, it will be put through a series of developer and instructor walk-throughs, and then placed on the training calendar.   

The first delivery of the course is tentatively planned for late spring.