Approximately 140 healthcare personnel from across Michigan recently attended training at the Center for Domestic Preparedness' (CDP) Noble Training Facility (NTF).
Personnel from the hospitals, EMS agencies, fire departments and long-term care facilities in six counties trained to hone response and recovery skills.
“Training is dynamic; it is not static,” Bob Dickerson, the emergency medical services coordinator at St. John Macomb - Oakland hospitals in Warren and Madison Heights, said. “We don’t always work directly with our peers from other facilities and exchange ideas. Training at the CDP allows us to prepare and identify opportunities to improve, find our strengths and better serve our patients and community."
The NTF functions like a hospital to allow personnel from various disciplines to learn how to collaborate and communicate during an emergency. It is the only hospital nationwide dedicated to training healthcare professionals for mass casualty response.
Three courses were offered depending on the occupation of the attendees: Hospital Emergency Response Training, Healthcare Leadership for Mass Casualty Incidents and Emergency Medical Operations for CBRNE Incidents. In addition to maintaining a proficient level of disaster response and management skills, the training sought to establish relationships between regional hospitals.