This course provides a brief overview of biological incidents that have occurred; biological agents that are naturally occurring, could be accidentally released, or could be used deliberately; the typical course of disease and how that may vary in a deliberate incident; an overview of biological agents as terrorist weapons; and methods of protection from biological agents (with an emphasis on protection using methods and equipment readily available to emergency responders and the general public). This course can be considered an introductory course to Emergency Response to Domestic Biological Incidents (PER-220).

Min/Max Enrollment: Min 20; Max 100

Hours: 7.0 hrs. (Direct/Indirect Delivery); 8.0 hrs. (Train-the-Trainer)

Format: Mobile Instructor-Led Training (Direct Delivery, Train-the-Trainer, Indirect Delivery), Virtual Instructor-Led Training (Direct Delivery)

DHS Course #: AWR-118 (Direct Delivery), AWR-118-1 (Train-the-Trainer), AWR-118-2 (Indirect Delivery)

Facility Requirements: Please view this document for facility requirements.

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Target Audience

The primary target audience for this course includes:

  • Public health officials
  • Emergency responders
    • Law enforcement
    • Fire services
    • Emergency management
    • Emergency medical services
  • Governmental agencies personnel
    • Who may become involved in a biological incident
The secondary target audience for this course includes:
  • Public officials
  • Business representatives
  • City leadership
  • Shopping center officers
  • Transportation workers and managers
  • Security guards
  • Educators
  • Large companies
  • School leaders
  • School nurses
  • Prosecutors
  • Utilities personnel
  • Sanitation supervisors
  • Healthcare professionals
  • Individuals in other civic roles
  • Public works personnel

The target audience for the Train-the-Trainer version of this course is established trainers/instructors in academies, agencies, or departments who are seeking to train participants by teaching the indirect version of this course using course materials provided by LSU NCBRT/ACE.

The Indirect version of this course is commonly delivered as part of in-service or academy training to support continuing education.