Washington State Emergency Management Division

PER-220 Emergency Response to Domestic Biological Incidents

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 until Wednesday, August 12, 2020

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Course Description

This is a performance-level course designed to address fundamentals associated with emergency response to biological incidents. As such, it provides detailed technical information and includes hands-on practice of actions required of emergency responders and medical personnel in biological incident situations. The course provides a brief overview of the terrorist threat that now faces the United States; biological agents that could be used by terrorists in executing their attacks; methods of protection from biological agents (with an emphasis on protection using methods and equipment readily available to most emergency responders); and tactics for identifying the presence of a potential biological threat, responding to an incident, and supporting law enforcement operations at the incident scene.

The course also supports the necessity for teamwork (Incident Command/Unified Command) among all responding agencies and actions that law enforcement personnel can take to support and facilitate the operations of fire and medical services and other responding agencies. In summary, the course will prepare representatives of State and local emergency response agencies to perform safely and effectively during an incident involving biological agents.

Course Objectives
  • Participants will fill out a complete and accurate registration form.
  • By completing a pre-test, participants will assess their baseline knowledge of course content.
  • At the conclusion of this module participants will gain a working knowledge of the implications of biological events, whether naturally occurring or intentionally produced.
  • Participants will discuss the difference between infectious and contagious.
  • Participants will describe the differences between bacteria, viruses, and toxins.
  • Participants will be able to list the most likely agents of bioterrorism.
  • Participants will describe the diseases these agents cause.
  • Participants will list which diseases are more likely to be fatal and which are more likely to be debilitating.
  • Participants will use the components of the NCBRT WMD Response Guidebook.
  • Participants will be able to describe the biological, physical, and aerobiological properties of biological agents required for a successful bioterrorist attack.
  • To better gauge the effectiveness of the dissemination of and transmission of biological agents, participants will assess each in terms of naturally occurring, intentional, and accidental.
  • Participants will be able to describe ways in which the agent, dissemination device, route of transmission, system of delivery, and meteorological conditions may interact in order to be better equipped to respond to such situations in real life.
  • Participants will be able to describe delivery systems and mechanisms that advance the dissemination of biological agents through devices onto a target.
  • Participants will be able to describe federal preparedness guidelines effective during responses to biological incidents to ensure consistency among responders at all levels.
  • Participants will gain awareness of surveillance and detection measures with regard to biological incidents.
  • Participants will be able to describe which levels of personal protection equipment (PPE) are appropriate under varying circumstances to ensure maximum personal safety during an incident.
  • Participants will be able to describe appropriate decontamination procedures for victims and the impacted environment.
  • Participants will be able to describe how continuous and active surveillance can help detect public health events.
  • Participants will be able to explain the medical response to a public health emergency.
  • Participants will be abl.e to list ways in which epidemiological and criminal investigations can occur concurrently during a public health emergency.
  • Participants will be able to identify which, if any, parts of the template should be considered for incorporation into emergency operations plans (EOPs) and standard operating procedures (SOPs).
  • Participants will complete a comprehensive post-test successfully.
  • By completing a course evaluation form, participants will provide feedback. Participants will share something they want to learn from this course and something they know about the training topic with their peers.


AWR-110-W: WMD/Terrorism Awareness for Emergency Responders, Web-Based

To enroll in this course, participants must be US citizens and must possess or obtain a FEMA student identification number (SID).

Continuing Education
CEU: Hours - 16


Thurston County OEM

9521 Tilley Road SW Building E
Olympia, WA 98512

Click here for directions

Course Manager

Sandy Eccker

Thurston County Emergency Management



Apply here


Registration Password: NCBRT220


If you have trained with NCBRT before, enter your FEMA SID, Last Name, and First Name. If your training record is found, your registration form will be pre-filled for you. Otherwise, click Register as New Person to fill out a blank registration form.



As soon as you complete registration, you will see a link 'Go to Class Page'. Click on this link to access the Class Information page. The pre-test will be available to you and should be completed prior to the class start date.