Introduction to Weapons
of Mass Destruction
This course provides a basic
level of awareness for weapons of mass destruction for emergency responders
of all type. Course explains how to recognize the signs and symptoms
of chemical, biological, nuclear warfare, as well as explosive devices.
This course will focus on keeping you safe in your work environment.
Critical thinking as well as “outside-the-box” solutions
to potentially critical incidents are explored through classroom lectures
as well as simulated WMD incidents within the “street scene”
in the Homeland Security Education Center at the College of
DuPage. Successful completion of this basic course will result in a
certification of completion from FEMA and the Department of Homeland
Security. Learn how to identify and deal with a potential WMD while
at the same time protecting yourself and those around you.
• Learn techniques of Prevention and Deterrence using the RAIN
concept for response.
• Gain an understanding of chemical agents and Toxic Industrial
Chemicals used as Weapons of Mass Destruction.
• Learn about different types of biological agents, and the general
signs and symptoms to recognize exposure, along with the physical characteristics
of biological agents.
• Course addresses and defines radiological materials and nuclear
weapons including, defining ionizing radiation, shielding materials
for each type of radiation, effects of radiation on people, and the
types of terrorist radiological/nuclear weapons.
• Gain the knowledge needed to recognize potential hazards and
explosive devices, to include basic device type and design, device construction
methods, and the components of improvised explosive devices.
• WMD Scenario in “street scene” at the Homeland Security
Education Center will provide a hands-on training practical response.
**Cancellations for this class must be received
by SLEA 35 days prior to the start of the program in order to avoid being
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