Weapons of Mass Destruction Workshop to be Held at MCC

(Bradenton, Fla., Dec. 15, 2004) - Participants will be trained to recognize weapons of mass destruction and prepare self-defense and recovery plans in a workshop Wednesday, Jan. 12, at Manatee Community College (MCC) Lakewood Ranch, 7131 Professional Parkway East, Sarasota.

The prerequisite is employment as sworn or nonsworn law enforcement or public safety officer or other government official responsible for the protection of life and property and/or likely to be a first responder to an incident. The workshop is free, but registration is required and must be completed online at; click on "Awareness Training/WMD," select the Weapons of Mass Destruction course and enter the password, officer%wmd. 

The course will provide participants with a general understanding and recognition of terrorism and identification of weapons of mass destruction (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives); defensive considerations; and control issues. Participants will be trained to implement self-protection measures; properly and safety contain and secure the scene; initiate and maintain appropriate control functions; and assist in completing the transition from emergency to recovery.

Upon successful completion, participants will receive a certificate of completion and eight hours of continuing education units from Louisiana State University. The course is co-sponsored by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, the United States Office for Domestic Preparedness, Louisiana State University and the MCC Department of Public Safety.  For more information, call MCC Corporate & Community Development at 363-7212.


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