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CBRNE Program

Hazardous material response training

The Federal Protective Service responds to credible chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and energetic materials (CBRNE) threats or incidents. The CBRNE Program provides support to incident investigations, threat assessments, emergency operations, and provides evacuation support, mutual aid, and training assistance. Learn how FPS personnel train for dealing with hazardous materials, respond to incidents, and provide awareness trainings to government employees.

The CBRNE Program provides increased domestic preparedness awareness for federal employees and the public. The program supports training and information initiatives within the federal workforce to include shelter-in-place and occupant emergency and evacuation planning. CBRNE training and planning incorporates an integrated approach to all hazards with consideration given to medical emergencies, natural disasters, fire emergencies, bomb threats, suspicious packages, explosions, demonstrations, civil unrest, hazardous materials emergencies, workplace violence and terrorism. The program emphasizes the importance that all employees be trained to take appropriate action in emergencies. The program provides specific awareness training in hazardous materials and Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) to federal, state and local government workers upon request.

With strong public and employee awareness as a base, the program is designed to prevent CBRNE disruption with methods ranging from identifying vulnerabilities to reducing threats.

The FPS workforce is prepared to respond to threats posed against federal facilities and employees. Law enforcement personnel receive extensive first responder training in WMD and hazardous materials. Some CBRNE personnel are also certified at the Hazardous Materials Technician level. Our personnel continually train, test and evaluate procedures through extensive cooperation with federal, state and local crisis responders. Crisis responders or emergency planners are encouraged to develop relationships with their local FPS CBRNE coordinator.

Awareness, prevention and preparedness are preferable to response. When emergencies occur, FPS personnel are trained to integrate their operations in the framework of unified management and incident command. Working with National Incident Management System guidance, FPS advanced response has the capabilities to support the Incident Commander.

From the onset of an emergency, FPS focuses on the outcome. To be successful, part of that outcome may include recovery operations conducted at the federal, state or local level. FPS will support these efforts throughout all stages.

Last Updated: 03/17/2022
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