Primary Screener Backpack Basic Course (PER-246) (04-21-0246) - 006

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Brief Description
This course trains Primary Screeners to employ a Human-Portable Radiation Detector (Backpack).
Full Description
Course Description:
This course trains Primary Screeners to employ a Human-Portable Radiation Detector (Backpack) to detect and verify radiation alarms, localize the radiation source, measure detected radioactive material, and adjudicate alarms. These activities will be performed as they pertain to radiation alarms detected in/or on people, vehicles, packages, and/or facilities. Training will be accomplished using an assigned Backpack and a variety of sealed radioactive sources (SRS) in the learning activities (drills).

Course Objectives:
-Distinguish the differences between the capabilities of the Backpack and other National Incident Management System (NIMS) typed PRND equipment.
-Give examples of deployment methods commonly used with Backpack detectors.
-Point out operational limitations of the Backpack detector.
-Summarize the Backpack Operator’s considerations when receiving a neutron alarm.
-Cite the common characteristics of Backpack detectors.
-Identify the standard and optional components of Backpack detectors.
-Identify operational considerations when employing the Backpack detector.
-Differentiate between the steps of the Alarm Response Guide (ARG).
-Describe special considerations for alarms on people, packages, vehicles and facilities

Target Audience:
Emergency Management, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Service, Hazardous Material, Law Enforcement, Health Care, Public Works, Citizen/Community Volunteer, Security and Safety, Search & Rescue, Transportation

PER-243: Primary Screener / Personal Radiation Detector

Additional Prerequisites:
AWR-140, Introduction to Radiological/Nuclear WMD Operations, or equivalent training PER-243, Primary Screener/Personal Radiation Detector Course, or equivalent training as both a Primary Screener and in PRD operations.

You must be a US Citizen to take this course. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please e-mail for further instructions.

All participants must have a FEMA Student Identification (FEMA SID) number. Students can search for their existing/create a new FEMA SID at:

Cost: There is no fee for the course. Food, lodging & transportation costs are the responsibility of the participant.

Participants who actively participate attend all course contact hours will receive a Certificate of Attendance for the course.
Training Dates
01/04/2023 - 01/04/2023
This course is restricted to local law enforcement. Please identify your agency.
Registration Dates
09/06/2022 - 12/28/2022
Available Seats
The maximum capacity for this class has been reached. Your request can be added to the waitlist. Additional seats may become available for future enrollment.
4h 0m
None Specified
Training Location
30 - Nassau County
Nassau County Police Department Emergency Services Unit;
1255 New Bridge Road
North Bellmore, NY  11710
Reporting Instructions
7 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Dress is business casual.
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No Show Policy: Failure to attend a class you have registered for can result in restriction on future course attendance and agency notification. It is the students responsibility to notify us in a timely manner if you cannot attend.

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