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Department of Homeland Security Shield / FEMA
Center for
Domestic Preparedness

Emergency Medical Response Awareness for CBRNE Incidents dL

8 Contact Hours


Through this course, the student gains knowledge and practical experience in the triage and treatment of CBRNE mass casualty victims. The student reviews the CBRNE threat and associated symptoms of exposure and contamination; on-site and hospital triage and treatment of victims; and performs scenario-based triaging decision games to provide experience in the critical thinking skills required to quickly triage and treat CBRNE mass casualty victims. Below are some of the objectives or topics discussed and performed during this training:

Identify a biological hazard
Identify a chemical hazard
Identify a radiological or nuclear hazard
Identify an explosive hazard
Interpret triage tags
Identify procedures for the SALT (Sort, Assess, Lifesaving Interventions, and Treatment and/or Transport) Mass Casualty Triage Algorithm
Identify treatment protocols for victims of chemical exposure
Identify treatment protocols for victims of biological agent exposure
Identify treatment protocols for victims of radiation exposure
Identify treatment protocols for explosive blast and trauma victims

Target Audience

This course is for emergency medical responders and clinicians such as nurses and other medical/hospital staff that may work within the warm and cold zones at the performance defensive level in a CBRNE mass casualty incident (e.g., Certified Emergency Medical Technician [EMT], paramedic, student nurse, licensed registered nurse, nurse practitioner, physician’s assistant, physician, or other clinicians).

Continuing Education Credits

The Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) is an Accredited Provider (AP) of Continuing Education Units (CEU) and is authorized to award the following CEUs for successful completion of this activity:

ABN (Alabama Board of Nursing) - 8 CEUs

CAPCE (Commission on Pre-Hospital Continuing Education ) - 8 CEUs

IACET (International Association of Continuing Education and Training) – 0.8 CEUs