Medical Responder Course

Seibersdorf Academy

CBRN Medical Responder Course - Individual level

Course Aim

This course provides participants with the knowledge, skills and abilities to analyze the medical risks at a hazardous materials or weapons of mass destruction incident; and to plan and implement procedures to respond to potential health impacts on response personnel in a pre-hospital setting.


General Objectives

After this course the participants will be familiar with the

  1. Analysis a chemical agent incident to determine the magnitude of the problem in terms of outcome by the following:
    • Knowledge on chemical and physical properties of CBRN;
    • Identification of signs and symptoms of exposure to CBRN, mainly chemical agent;
    • Prediction of the potential behavior of CBRN agents;
  2. Planning the response by identifying
    • the relevant equipment to support hot zone entries;
    • health hazards and risks associated with hot zone activities;
    • standard and non-standard decontamination materials and discuss their advantages and disadvantages; control zones;
    • the equipment and resources for a medical monitoring station;
    • necessary communication with other on scene personnel;
  3. Planning a response to a medical emergency.
    • Implement the Planned Response by obtaining hazard and toxicity information,
    • decon methods,
    • establishing a medical monitoring station,
    • conducting pre-entry and post-entry medial monitoring of personnel involved in toxic entries and keeping records and responding to emergencies.


Course Content and Overview

The course will be held in the Seibersdorf Academy in Austria. The main method is individual and sub-team training.

The course is based on the competencies of emergency medical services (EMS) personnel, as outlined in NFPA 473, Standard for Competence of EMS Personnel to a Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents and provides EMS personnel with the core competencies of operations level responders as defined in Chapter 5 of NFPA 472, Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents.

Learning is provided through theoretical lessons, followed by guided and supervised, team-based practical exercises using chemical and biological simulants and radioactive materials.

The course consists of theoretical and practical elements, including the use of sealed and unsealed radioactive sources (types of radiation: alpha/beta/gamma).

The course will be one week long (recommended). The practical exercises will be a realistic (use of radioisotopes and simulants) scenario-based training.


Target Audience and maximum attendance

The course target audience are first responders and military personnel. Participants should be members of response teams. The maximum number of participants is 12.



  • Basic CBRN Course
  • EMT qualified or higher,
  • Advanced Life Support (ALS) certified.

Participants should be:

  • Medically and physically fit (Employer to provide a medical clearance for the employee to work in personal protective equipment)
  • Medical insurance valid in Europe/ Austria
  • Able to understand instructions/training delivered in the English Language
  • 18 years of age as a minimum
  • Female participants must not be pregnant


Method of Training

Delivery methods includes: Classroom and Practical Training



40 hours (minimum 5 days)
Timings and number of days are subject to customers' requirements and availability.

For more information please contact:

Seibersdorf Academy
Phone: +43 50550-3030

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