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CAMEO Training and Events

Current Training Sessions

CAMEO for the Risk Management Program (RMP) Training

  • September 12, 2018 in Boise, Idaho

Contact: Tom Bergman ( tom.bergman@deq.ok.gov)

Basic CAMEO Training

  • September 17-18, 2018 in Newcastle, Oklahoma
  • October 1-2, 2018 in Davis, Oklahoma
  • November 12-14, 2018 in West Memphis, Arkansas

Contact: Tom Bergman ( tom.bergman@deq.ok.gov)

Advanced CAMEO Training (No cost)

  • September 24-26, 2018 in Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • October 29-31, 2018 in Cincinnati, Ohio

Contact: Tom Bergman ( tom.bergman@deq.ok.gov)

Course Summary:  This class is intended for those persons who have already demonstrated the basic skills to operate CAMEO Suite (CAMEO Chemicals, CAMEOfm, MARPLOT, and ALOHA).  The course is designed for those wishing to utilize the CAMEO software suite for all-hazards emergency planning.  It is recommended (but not required) that all participants have some experience with data entry to the CAMEO and/or MARPLOT software applications.  Linkages between the CAMEO programs and other software applications (Google Earth, EXCEL, WORD, and ArcView) are explored in depth.  Participants learn methods to transfer large amounts of data between CAMEOfm and EXCEL, as well as transferring mapping data into MARPLOT from shapefiles and spreadsheets.  Source and Output operations for the ALOHA program are discussed in detail.  Each student will receive a .pdf file of the ALOHA Technical Documents, which are used to supplement the course materials.  Instruction is accomplished by exploring various chemical release scenarios taken from actual events. 

Ongoing Training

Louisiana State University, National Center for Biomedical Research (NCBRT) offers Department of Homeland Security (DHS) certified courses covered under the NCBRT’s Homeland Security National Training Program Cooperative Agreement. CAMEO introductory and advanced courses are included in this program. As a DHS primary training provider, the NCBRT can offer this vital training at no direct cost to your agency. Please contact: NCBRT (info@ncbrt.lsu.edu) or 1-877-829-8550 to schedule a course through your state administrative agency, or visit NCBRT's site Exitto learn more about their training opportunities.

University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) offers two online CAMEO courses (described below). The cost for each course is $350. For more information or to register for these courses, contact Karen Murray at UCLA-LOSH at (310) 794-5989 or Karen Murray (kmurray@irle.ucla.edu).

CAMEO 1 - This course covers the CAMEO Chemicals and the ALOHA software programs.

CAMEO 2 - Completing the CAMEO 1 course, or previous experience with the CAMEO Chemicals and ALOHA software, is a prerequisite for this course. The CAMEO 2 course covers the MARPLOT mapping program and the CAMEOfm Data Templates, and culminates in a simulation of a massive earthquake releasing many chemicals at once, that your emergency response agency must handle. In that final exercise, you must use all of the software programs in the CAMEO Suite -- CAMEO Chemicals, ALOHA, MARPLOT, and CAMEOfm.  

About the Instructor - Kevin Smith is a federally certified CAMEO Instructor and a retired Deputy Fire Marshal, who has responded to over 1,000 hazardous materials incidents over the course of his career. A CAMEO user since 1987, Kevin has taught the CAMEO courses offered at The Continuing Challenge Hazardous Materials Workshop in Sacramento every year since 1992. He has also taught CAMEO online through the University of California for over a decade. You can reach Kevin Smith via e-mail: Kevin Smith (plancmil@aol.com) or at (714) 856-3479.

CAMEO Instructor Certification

The trainer certification exams are administered by Tom Bergman (tom.bergman@deq.ok.gov) of the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality.  Please refer to the CAMEO Training website (developed by certified CAMEO Instructors) for more details about the certification exam Exit.

User Groups

New England CAMEO User Group

For information, e-mail: Tom Campbell (campbell@dem.state.ri.us) or call him at (401) 222-1360, extension 7128.

CAMEO News Service

The CAMEO News Service is a one-way listserv which serves as a communication tool for CAMEO managers and developers to communicate important information to the CAMEO community. The service provides users with an up-to-date status on various aspects of the CAMEOfm/CAMEO Chemicals/MARPLOT/ALOHA software. To subscribe, send an empty e-mail: CAMEO News Service  (subscribe-cameo@lists.epa.gov).