"To help provide America's response community with a baseline understanding of the training necessary to effectively and safely respond to an act of terrorism involving the use of WMD [weapons of mass destruction], the ODP [Office of Domestic Preparedness] has prepared these Emergency Responder Guidelines. These Guidelines are offered not as definitive or official regulations, but rather as the informed advice of subject-matter experts from both the private and public sectors. As such, these Guidelines are presented as neither minimum standards nor rules. They carry no regulatory force, nor are they implied to have such force. They are offered to the response community as considerations for use in whatever way a particular agency finds appropriate. Although these Guidelines are not official regulations, they have been written in concert with existing codes and standards of agencies, such as the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) and Federal regulatory agencies such as the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). ODP has shared these Guidelines with the other key Federal agencies involved in first responder training, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency, National Fire Academy and the Emergency Management Institute, U.S. Department of Defense, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and others. Their comments and recommendations are included herein. These Guidelines are intended to be a tool for first responders seeking to improve their training and master their craft, reflecting a step-by-step progression from Awareness through Performance to Planning and Management. Moving from one step to another requires more experience, specialized training, and depth of understanding. These Guidelines also may be used by course developers and trainers looking for a common ground with training programs in other jurisdictions."
Connecticut Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security: http://www.ct.gov/demhs