Skagit Valley College

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 Course Title:   Emergency Response to Terrorism


 Department:    CJ

 Course #:    148

 Credits:    2

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    2

 CIP:    430103

 EPC:    832

 REV:    2021

 Course Description  

Introduction to the basic concepts for first responder awareness at the scene of a potential terrorist incident. Receive a National Fire Academy and Office for Domestic Preparedness certificate for course #AWR-102 upon successful completion.


Prerequisite: None.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 22

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for certificate  

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Recognize circumstances that indicate a potential terrorist attack.
  2. Understand what appropriate self-protective measures are required to respond to different weapons of mass destruction (WMD) events.
  3. Understand scene control issues involving isolation, evacuation, and perimeter control associated with terrorist incidents.
  4. Understand tactical objectives for chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive (CBRNE) incidents.
  5. Understand how to establish effective command and control associated with responder operations at a crime scene.
  6. Understand how to communicate with diverse communities effectively during terrorist incidents.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

Course Contents

  1. Introduces the various aspects of Homeland Security (HLS) as outlined in the Office of Homeland Security's publication National Strategy for Homeland Security, July 2002. Through the use of case-based instruction, hands-on resource development, dialogues with instructors and guest lecturers, and simulations, students will examine:
    • Terrorist attack methods.
    • Types of Improvised explosive devices deployed by terrorists.
    • Command and objectives for managing terrorist incidents.
    • Public relations, media, and interpersonal communication/dialogue with pluralistic communities.
    • Tactical objectives for chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive incidents.
    • Identified major initiatives in intelligence and warning, border and transportation security, domestic counterterrorism, protecting critical infrastructure and key assets, defending against catastrophic threats, and emergency preparedness and response.
    • Providing for an assessment of local soft and hard targets, and strategies for their protection.