This course provides the knowledge and skills needed to obtain certification through the National Professional Qualifications System (NPQS/Pro Board) as an Operations-level responder.
This three-day course focuses on the unique response and personal protection challenges that responders face during a Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)/terrorist incident or a Hazardous Materials (HazMat) incident. The Operations-level training prepares emergency responders from all disciplines to recognize and identify hazardous material and to mitigate a HazMat incident by preventing further contamination of people, property, and the environment.
PER212 is based on National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 472 (2008 ed.) consensus standard Operations-level core competencies and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) mission-specific competency, as well as Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 1910.120 and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (40 CFR Part 311) response regulations.
If you wish to take the Pro Board test, an Awareness-level course meeting Chapter 4 of the NFPA 472 Standard (2008) is a certification requirement.
The preferred course meeting the certification requirement is the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) online course AWR160-W (LINK) or the instructor-led AWR160-SAT (TEEX Course #OGT208 -- LINK).
TEEX online AWR160 (teexwmdcampus.com) or the instructor led AWR160-SAT (TEEX Course # OGT208).
TopicsAssessing WMD hazards+Predicting the likely behavior of HazMat/WMD materials+Identifying defensive strategies for a WMD incident+Effectively operating and communicating in a unified command structure of the Incident Command System (ICS)+Determining Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) needs+Donning PPE+Performing emergency decontamination
- State, county and local law enforcement agencies
- Emergency medical services
- Fire/rescue service
- Public works/utility workers
- Emergency management
- Public health
- Health care providers
- Other allied government agencies tasked with WMD or HazMat response
While the course is primarily for responders of municipalities, county, and state personnel, employees of the federal government agencies and private industry may attend.
Government Programs, Certifications and AccreditationsGSA contract number: GS-07F-0357V. GSA customers, to register please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (866) 878-8900.+For DHS/FEMA Funded Courses, please contact (866) 878-8900
Continuing Education & Professional Credits
As part of a Department of Homeland Security/ Federal Emergency Management Agency (DHS/FEMA) funded Homeland Security National Training Program Cooperative Agreement this course is available at no direct cost to state, county and local government agencies.
Course Size: maximum 40 participants; minimum 26 participants
Course Length: 3 days (24 Hours)
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily
Continuing Education Credits: IACET - 2.4 CEUs
At the completion of this course, you will be required to pass a comprehensive final exam to receive a certificate of training.