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Course Details

Fundamentals Course for Radiological Response, Indirect Delivery (FCRR-2)
NTED Course Number PER-909-2
Provider CDP
Length 24.00 hours
Delivery Indirect
Level Performance
Continuing Education Credits 2.40
The Fundamentals Course for Radiological Response provides participants with the knowledge, skills and abilities to meet the Operations Competencies in the areas of Scene Assessment, Incident Command System, Tactics and Strategies, use of Personal Protection Equipment, Patient Treatment and Pre-Hospital Response. Instructional methods include classroom lecture and demonstration, hands-on use of equipment and response to a field and tabletop exercises. Participant proficiency is measured through the successful completion of a cognitive examination and assessment of their skills while participating in authentic simulations.
1. Explain the characteristics of ionizing radiation.
2. List the units used to measure both radiation and radioactivity.
3. Specify the factors that will affect biological response to radiation and describe the risk in various types of radiation incidents.
4. Identify environmental pathways of radionuclide transport.
5. Describe the basic principles of exposure limits and guidelines, including the guidelines established by the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Regulatory Guides, and EPA Protective Actions Guides (PAGs).
6. Identify common sources of radiation and review the shipment of radioactive material.
7. Identify hazards for radioactive material using fixed facility postings, package labels, placards, shipping papers, and the Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG).
8. Analyze the guidance provided by the Emergency Response Guidebook and locate the response guides for radioactive material within the ERG.
9. Explain the features of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the Incident Command System (ICS) and its functions. Define the radiological response roles and responsibilities of responders within the framework of both the ICS and the radiological field response plan.
10. Identify the differences between survey and contamination meters. Use, care for, and accurately read instruments and dosimeters.
11. Use the table, Response of Radiation Monitoring Instruments to Normalized Risk Quantities of Radionuclides, and knowledge of radiological instruments to select and use radiological instruments for assessment of hypothetical radiation incidents.
12. Describe the difference between radiation exposure and contamination and the control methods applicable to each.
13. List basic protective actions or measures used to limit and prevent the spread of contamination.
14. Given descriptions of radiation hazards, develop strategies for exposure control, contamination control, and decontamination actions in hypothetical radiation incidents.
15. Describe the proper methods to properly handle, treat, and transport a potentially contaminated patient.
16. Explain measures that can be taken to minimize ambulance contamination when transporting a potentially contaminated patient.
17. Demonstrate proficiency in the application of skills learned through practical exercise/simulation and tabletop exercises.
NTED Prerequisites
Federal Emergency Management Agency's Independent Study Course

Radiological Emergency Management (IS-3) or an equivalent OSHA Awareness Level competency as outlined in FEMA's Radiological Training Strategy and the Department of Energy's, Modular Emergency Response Radiological Transportation Training (MERRTT).
Other Prerequisites
Target Audience
Hazardous Materials
Mission Areas and Core Capabilities
Respond   -  Fatality Management Services
Mitigate  -  Planning
Prevent   -  Planning
Protect   -  Planning
Respond   -  Planning
Respond   -  Situational Assessment
Training Certificate
Training Partner's Certificate of Completion, Training Partner's Certificate of Participation
Contact Information
Michael Aguilar

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