To better protect the public during chemical disasters, the Center for Domestic Preparedness is helping FEMA’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Office develop a Chemical Operations Support Specialist program.

The program, which is geared at hazardous materials technicians, toxicologists and chemists, will train, equip, and qualify chemical operations support specialists, who will directly advise and support incident commanders and operations center officials during chemical emergencies.

For its part, the CDP will oversee the COSS program training, which will consist of a five-day resident course that includes both classroom instruction and practical exercises. 

The pilot course is tentatively scheduled for delivery in the spring of 2020.