Field Identification of Biological Warfare Agents (FIBWA)USAMRIID
AddressUSAMRIID Field Operations & Training
1425 Porter Street
Ft. Detrick, MD 21702
The U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) Field Identification of Biological Warfare Agents (FIBWA) courses provide hands-on training for students to be able to perform biological agent identification in the field. FIBWA is widely considered the premier training entity for field detection of biological warfare agents. The four week course includes hands on training for field testing methods such as Nucleic Acid Extraction and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and Electrochemiluminescence; as well as sample prep, sample flow and laboratory design. Discussions focus on operational issues that the students may be faced with, the decision-making process, and long-range support. The course culminates with a 4-day field Situational Training Exercise (STX) to give them a realistic venue to integrate the training they’ve received.
FIBWA offers other versions of the main course. The FIBWA Manager’s Course is a three-day course designed to introduce leaders to the management of BW agent identification. The FIBWA NGB CST is provided exclusively for the National Guard Bureau Civil Support Teams (CST). It consists of two weeks of CST specific instruction culminating in a situational training exercise. FIBWA is now a requirement for all CST teams. FIBWA Special Interest Training Courses are adapted to customer requirements. Courses can range from days to weeks depending on the breadth of information needed and any requirements for certification. Training on newly fielded systems and technologies is the usual focus.