DHS trains Michigan health care workers for mass-casualty events

Michigan hospital employees simulate the decontamination of a survivor following a simulated mass-casualty incident during a recent DHS training session. | Center for Domestic Preparedness

The Department of Homeland Security's Center for Domestic Preparedness recently hosted nearly 140 health care personnel for training in mass-casualty events.

About 25 Michigan hospitals, EMS agencies, long-term care facilities and fire departments representing about 22 percent of the state's counties sent personnel for the training.

“Each of us has our own expertise, and we are fortunate to have many disciplines and departments represented here this week,” Gail Juleff, an emergency-preparedness program manager from Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich., said. “You need everybody in an incident. The Noble Training Facility (NTF) here functions like an actual hospital. We are learning the various roles of incident command and response; the importance of the collaboration with all partners; and how essential communication and coordination are during an emergency.”

The attendees went to one of three courses, depending on occupation. All of the courses focused on a number of areas, including health care, emergency management, law enforcement, fire service, hazardous materials and emergency medical services.

“This training is important,” Juleff said. “Fourteen years ago, there wasn’t the same investment in training. Following 9/11, the need and importance were obvious. I encourage everyone to come here and learn, practice and see why this training is so important.”

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