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Seminar Title:  
Chemical-Biological Canine Decontamination: Threat and Mitigation

DATES:  4/19/2021 through 4/19/2021

INSTRUCTOR(S):  Dr. Richard Vargus

LOCATION:  Webinars - , , WEB  

HOTEL:   - ,   


COURSE REGISTRATION FEE:  $.00 Includes all training materials, and a Certificate of Completion.

Instructor Bio

Dr. (Col) Vargus initially retired in 1995 after 24 years of service in the United States Marine Corps and United States Army. Following retirement he began an extended career in law enforcement, assuming positions infederal and local law enforcement.  In 2005 he was recalled to Active duty, deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan, serving at US Central Command as the Chief of Law Enforcement.  In 2012 Colonel Vargus was released from Active duty. He entered federal civilian service as the Army Canine Program Manager, and in 2018 was assumed the position of Department of Defense Canine Program Manager.  He retired from federal government service in April 2020.

Dr. Vargus is a graduate of the Army Command and GeneralStaff, Air War College, George Washington University National Senior Leadership Couse.  He holds a Masterís degree in National Defense Studies and a Doctorate in Public Administration.  He and his wife retired Army Lieutenant Colonel Norma Vargus currently reside in Alexandria Virginia.




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Course Objectives

Exposure to toxic materials in the event of a natural disaster or a chemical or biological event (including a COVID like pandemic) quickly causes the Offices of Emergency Management to direct the implementation of Federal, State or local responses that establish decontamination facilities. These facilities execute protocols post containment to sterilize individuals through the removal of contaminated clothing and decontamination wash down / cleansing, ensuring that persons are sterile and repatriated. First responders are issued emergency respirators, and different levels of HAZMAT suits to protect from exposure.

But what is provided for our first responder working dogs and for our pet community? While there is currently very little in place, this webinar will instruct the student on proper equipment and procedures to utilize to protect and decontaminate the canine and animal population. Upon completion of this training the student will be able to understand:


  1. What PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) is needed for this population.
  2. What the threat of zoonotic exposure from transmission of chem-bio and disease is.

  3. The need for animal decontamination at all levels of government.

  4. The necessity of inclusion of the animal population in emergency planning.

The result, if decontamination is not addressed could affect the safety and security of the human population and decimate the working animal community with immediate effect. Lack of Veterinary, Canine / Animal subject experts may further place the safety and security of the public unnecessarily in danger.  The following topics will be covered as an introductory means to enhance the participants understanding of the problem:

  • The stakeholders required to change the current paradigms, integrating canine-animal evacuation, decontamination, reunification, disposition and mortuary affairs. 

  • Identifying individual, and organizational capabilities to mitigate the threat and establish the necessary expertise at the federal, state and local levels,

  • Incorporating canine / animal scenario-based training as a priority effort in the planningfor a natural or manmade disaster.

NOTE: THIS WEBINAR TRAINING IS INTRODUCTORY IN NATURE AND AS SUCH, PARTICIPANTS ARE HIGHLY ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND IN-DEPTH TRAINING ON THIS SUBJECT MATTER OFFERED BY PUBLIC AGNECY TRAINING COUNCIL.



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