FEMA has announced intentions to award a one-year contract to Battelle Memorial Institute in support of National Response Coordination Center (NRCC) staff training for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) response capabilities.
The NRCC is a multi-agency center responsible for coordinating the overall Federal support for major disasters and emergencies, including catastrophic CBRNE incidents, in support of operations at the regional-level.
According to the contract announcement, Battelle will provide CBRNE subject matter expertise to assist in the development and delivery of training objectives, curriculum, and course materials for the NRCC emergency response staff CBRNE pilot course. The curriculum will be based on recommendations proposed during a needs assessment published by NRCC in Dec. 2014.
The training will incorporate multi-media and interactive modules to help improve the Federal response capability, which may include non-traditional all-hazards response partners, as well as the ability to coordinate with regional, state and local personnel during response to a CBRNE incident.