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CDP creating new Biological Operations Response course


A new Biological Operations Response course is in development at FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness.  

According to CDP curriculum developers, the course is geared at responders in multiple disciplines and will provide them the skills to safely and effectively respond to incidents involving biological materials, including substances such as ricin and anthrax.  A tentative outline of the course shows it offering 24 hours of instruction on sampling and monitoring biological contaminants, followed by 8- to 12-hours of performance-based activity at the center’s Chemical, Ordnance, Biological and Radiological (COBRA) training facility.

The CDP is creating the course in partnership with FEMA’s CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear) office and Louisiana State University’s Bio Response Training directorate.

The curriculum developers say they anticipate the course to be launched in the spring of 2021.