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The Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium (RDPC) has released a new training course in chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive (CBRNE) response for rural first responders.

This eight-hour awareness-level course provides rural first responders with an introduction to various types of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive materials and agents.

The course is designed to give first responder the ability to safely assess the scene and determine whether it requires a CBRNE response, allowing the responder to recognize when a situation requires a defensive response (isolate and deny entry) until operations-level personnel arrive on the scene.

This course imparts a basic understanding of dangers involved in CBRNE incidents; instruction in the use of field guides; the steps involved in safe scene assessment and the components of CBRNE Operations. In addition, this course provides participants with an overview of the Incident Command System and information pertaining to additional support resources from local, state, and federal agencies.

Activities presented in this course afford participants with opportunities to apply critical thinking and decision-making skills. Filmed scenarios presented at the end of this course require participants to combine instruction from the entire course and put it into practice.

Participants are strongly encouraged to have a working knowledge of the Incident Command System/National Incident Management System (ICS/NIMS) which is gained through completion of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) IS 100, IS 200, IS 700, IS 701, and IS 800 courses.

As a strategic partner to RDPC, The Center for Rural Development in Somerset is responsible for technology including a large network of interactive television (ITV), videoconferencing, and learning management systems necessary to manage large student populations and deliver courses to rural responders across the nation.

All training delivered by RDPC is certified by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and is offered tuition-free for a broad scope of stakeholders, including the traditional emergency response disciplines, and other emergency support functions as defined by the National Response Framework, as well as critical infrastructure owners and operators.

For a complete list of courses and other valuable information regarding the RDPC, please visit the RDPC website at, or email the Consortium at To request this or any other RDPC training, please contact the RDPC at (877) 855-7372 or complete the training request form at