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Critical Decision Making for Complex Coordinated Attacks – PER-335 (Chesterfield)

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Description: The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) in a partnership with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is pleased to offer Louisiana State University’s National Center for Biomedical Research and Training’s (LSU-NCBRT) “Critical Decision Making for Complex Coordinated Attacks” course. The course is to be held at the Eanes-Pittman Public Safety Training Center in Chesterfield, VA.
This course addresses the vulnerability of any community to a public safety situation, such as an active shooter at a shopping mall; a train derailment with hazardous chemicals; a bombing incident at a commercial district; a plane crash; or chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or explosive attack.

These attacks, known as complex coordinated attacks, involve multiple threats that often exceed conventional response tactics. These attacks require a joint response involving members from varying disciplines and jurisdictions. The course will enhance the response capabilities of participants by providing them with the knowledge and tools to enable effective response. This course is taught through a combination of classroom instruction and practical exercises. Among the topics covered during the classroom instruction are characteristics of a complex coordinated attack, public safety response considerations, command operations and strategies, and critical information about situational domain awareness. Several notable case studies are also presented to provide real-life examples of the characteristics of a complex coordinated attack.  Featured practical exercises allow participants to interact with responders from other disciplines to effectively address a variety of complex coordinated attack scenarios. Participants will work together to identify critical considerations and command strategies. Further, these exercises encourage collaborative decision-making and rapid strategizing. 

Who should attend?
This training is open to sworn law enforcement officers, EMS/healthcare, fire/HAZMAT/search and rescue and Emergency Management/Government Administration

Partial in-service credit for law enforcement is available PENDING APPROVAL.
To Register
– A FEMA SID number is required for registration. You can look up your FEMA SID, or
register for a new one, at the following site:
– Register online at:


  • Enter Class Access Code for ALL classes: NCBRT335
    Once your registration is complete, you will receive an email confirmation. This email
    will contain your FEMA SID and registration Confirmation Number. Make sure to have
    this information available to you in class! You will need this to complete the online
    post-test and class evaluation.
  • As soon as you complete registration, you will see a link “Begin Class Pre-Test”. Click on
    this link to access the class pre-test. A completed pre-test is required in order to later
    take the post-test and receive class credit.
  • The online registration site is mobile friendly and can be used by any phone, tablet, or
    computer with internet access. At the end of training, a post-test and class evaluation
    will be conducted. Bring a device to class that can access the online registration site, so
    you may complete your post-test and evaluation online. Your post-test will be graded
    immediately, and you will be able to review the answers. As soon as the post-test is
    passed and the class evaluation is completed, your Class Information page will update to
    include a link for your certificate. The certificate may be downloaded as a PDF to your
    device, or sent as a PDF to your email.
  • If you need assistance with the online registration site, please contact the NCBRT Help
    Desk at
    Training Date: January 9th – 10th, 2023
    Location: Eanes-Pittman Public Safety Training Center
    6610 Public Safety Way
    Chesterfield, VA