Iowa offers CBRNE training for first responders

Iowa's Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department recently announced a class for first responders related to medical management during events involving chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive materials.

The class, which will take place on February 25 and February 26, is being offered by Johnson County Homeland Security & Emergency Management Agency at the Johnson County Emergency Operations Center in Iowa City, Iowa. According to the class description, participants who complete the program will be able to properly perform patient decontamination, transportation, treatment and triage in the event of exposure to CBRNE weapons.

The Medical Management of CBRNE Events class will include facilitated discussions, task-oriented practical applications, hands-on activities and small group exercises. Attendees will use state-of-the-art pediatric and adult human patient simulations.

Upon completing the course, participants will be able to properly detect and monitor patients, engage in mass decontamination, stabilize, self-protect and prevent cross-contamination during triage procedures after CBRNE events.

The HSEMD was started at the Iowa State Civil Defense Agency in 1965. After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the department was directed by the governor to coordinate the state's homeland security efforts. The HSEMD approaches terrorist acts and disasters with an emphasis on maximizing resources while using and expanding upon current capacities to be prepared for all hazards.