Awareness Level

  • Four-hour
  • 0.4 Continuing education units

Course Description

This four-hour awareness level course provides participants with the language and tools required to effectively assess school bomb incident response plans and guide recommendations. The course identifies the factors involved in school bomb threats; critical response actions based on scenario types; the primary components of an improvised explosive device; and critical components of a school bomb related response plan.

Course Objectives

  • Describe factors involved in school bomb threats
  • Identify response actions based on scenario types and factors associated with time, distance, and shielding
  • Identify the primary components of commonly found IEDs
  • Recognize preventive school bomb incident measures and address the measures in a response plan


  • United States citizenship
  • Actively employed or volunteer member of a first responder or emergency management agency
  • Assignment or identification for assignment to a position responsible for conducting WMD training; developing plans, policies, procedures and tactics to govern response; providing specialized response support during WMD incidents; or coordinating initial response to a WMD incident
  • Sufficient tenure remaining in their current or future position to allow for the application of course material upon their return
  • For personnel who desire trainer certification, completion of an instructor training program, and/or documented experience as a trainer
  • Required prerequisites must be verified by the participant’s department at the time of application
  • Picture ID, preferably one issued by their department, must be presented to instructors prior to the start of instruction


  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Fire Service
  • Law Enforcement

Note: Participants who pass the course final with a minimum score of 70 percent are certified as trainers and may earn academic credits from New Mexico Tech. Students interested in obtaining undergraduate or graduate level credit for the IRTB or PRSBI course should contact Leslie Griego at 575.835.5595 or 1-866-476-9433, or email

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Course Application

Course Schedule

Contact your State Point of Contact or EMRTC to arrange a class in your area.