The Bay Area Urban Areas Security Initiative

Securing the Cities San Francisco Bay Area

The mission of the Securing the Cities (STC) San Francisco Bay Area (SFBA) Program is to protect its residents, visitors, economy, critical infrastructure, and natural resources against threats posed by the unauthorized use of radiological or nuclear (RN) materials. In support of this mission, the program provides detection equipment, training, exercise support, operational and technical subject matter expertise, and programmatic support to develop regionally coordinated RN detection capabilities.

The Bay Area Urban Areas Security Initiative (BAUASI) is comprised of twelve counties and three major cities (San Jose, San Francisco, and Oakland).  In addition to the BAUASI’s area of responsibility, the STC SFBA also includes Sacramento County, Fresno County, Washoe County in Nevada, and pathways into these counties.





1. Introduction to Radiological/Nuclear WMD Operations 

AWR-140-W (3-hour, web-based training)

This course provides an introduction to Radiological/Nuclear WMD operations for first responders and others who may be tasked with response or support. Participants will receive a fundamental understanding of threat or incident recognition, protective measures, notifications, and securing the incident area. AWR-140-W is a prerequisite for Securing the Cities (STC) San Francisco Bay Area (SFBA) training including Primary Screener/Personal Radiation Detector and Secondary Screener/Radiation Isotope Identifier Device courses.



2. Primary Screener/Personal Radiation Detector

PER-243 (8 hours, in-person training)

PER-243 provides the Primary Screener with training to perform a preliminary radiological assessment with a Personal Radiation Detector (PRD). Training also includes operating a PRD to detect radiation, locate a source, measure radiation levels, assess the threat status of a situation, categorize threats, and adjudicate alarms.


3. Preventive Radiological/ Nuclear Detection Program (PRNDOS)

This course focuses on the detection, alarm assessment, locating and mitigation of an event involving radiological/nuclear materials. PRNDOS offers four of the prevent mission courses 1) Primary Screener/Personal Radiation Detector (PER-243), 2) PRND Backpack Operations for the Primary Screener (PER-246), 3) PRND Secondary Screener/Radio-Isotope Identification Device (PER-245), 4) Radiation Instruments Employment (PER-355) in a four-day training program. The four classes listed are being offered as 4-days of consecutive training. Material is generally geared towards more specialized units (EOD/Bomb Squads, HAZMAT, SWAT, etc.) but the program is open to all public safety officers/units.



Completed forms are to be submitted to STC SFBA Program Management, or, for approval.

Upon course completion, a copy of the approved form is required to be submitted with invoice for reimbursement. Reimbursement is handled at an organizational level between financial staff preferably invoices will include batches of students, not individuals.




Principal Partners for the STC San Francisco Bay Area Program include:

Bay Area Urban Areas Security Initiative,  Alameda County Sheriff’s OfficeBay Area Rapid Transit Police DepartmentFresno County Sheriff’s OfficePort of San Francisco, Sacramento County Sheriff’s OfficeSan Francisco Fire DepartmentSan Francisco International AirportSan Francisco Police DepartmentSan Mateo County Sheriff’s OfficeUnion Pacific RailroadUniversity of California, San Francisco, and Washoe County Sheriff’s Office 

Non-voting members: Department of Homeland Security Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction, and Northern California Regional Intelligence Center

Participation in the STC San Francisco Bay Area Program is not limited to Principal Partner agencies.  If you’re a public safety agency interested in the program, please contact Bay Area UASI or one of the Principal Partner agencies near you.



The STC Work Group and its subcommittees leverage the STC SFBA and BAUASI program in CBRNE prevention, detection, incident response and recovery to benefit the region where appropriate.  All stakeholders are encouraged to participate in each of the following subcommittees:

STC Work Group (chairpersons of subcommittees), Chemical-Biological, Radiological-Nuclear, High-Yield Explosives, Equipment, Information Sharing, Training & Exercise