The Center for Domestic Preparedness in Alabama is offering a course that aims to teach proper personal protective measures to first responders when dealing with dangerous biological material.
The one-day course, which is eight hours long, covers how to put on and safely take off protective clothing, technical protocols for decontamination, and an overview of what a bio-threat response might look like. A portion of the course includes hands-on experience with agility drills to test how quickly participants can don and doff personal protection equipment using the buddy system.
At the conclusion of the course, participants will go through a practical exam that will consist of donning personal protective equipment and going through the proper decontamination protocols.
The center is part of the National Training and Education Division (NTED) within the Federal Emergency Management Agency. It provides training for state and local governments in the areas of emergency management and preparedness, and it maintains the national standards while conforming to theories in educating adults.
All courses taught by NTED personnel have undergone a vigorous validation system to ensure that the most up-to-date information is being presented. Since its formation in 1998, more than 2 million first responders have received training from NTED.