Training center offers online CBRNE courses for first responders

The Western Forensic Law Enforcement Training Center in Pueblo, Colorado, recently announced the creation of an online training course in chemical, biological, nuclear and high-yield explosive hazards.

The course is considered to be a thorough overview of CBRNE issues designed for all types of law enforcement and first responder personnel. It is not meant to replace regular training, but instead is meant to supplement traditional instruction that would normally take weeks to complete in a classroom setting, according to

One of its creators, James Crippen, said that students will be tested at the end of each of the four modules - chemical, biological, radiological/nuclear and explosives - and must score 80 percent correct in order to proceed.

"Unlike traditional classroom-style training, the on-line lectures that CBRNE for First Responders provides will allow students to learn at their own pace," Crippen said, reports.

Experts in the various subjects will be available to answer students' questions within 24 hours. Students are expected to complete all of the coursework in two months. WFLETC will provide a certificate upon completion and is attempting to arrange for students to receive education credits from community colleges and universities.

Crippen is the director of WFLETC. He has a background in emergency and crime scene response and is considered to be an expert in fire debris/explosive response and analysis.