Heather Coburn, the paramedic program director for Hendricks Regional Health in Danville, Indiana, is currently attending an Emergency Medical Operations (EMO) course at the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) in Anniston, Alabama.
Four other instructors and 15 paramedic students from Hendricks Regional Health are participating in the course, which trains emergency response personnel to deal with an emergency or catastrophic CBRNE event.
Coburn's class is the first from Danville to train at the CDP. She has attended training in the past and worked diligently to include the EMO course in her training program.
“This is not only meeting the objectives for a portion of our required curriculum, but in addition, I can’t re-create the training the students will receive here,” Coburn said. “The training experience is phenomenal. I knew I could not give the students the expertise level the educators bring to the table here. I want to make sure they are prepared to support their communities when we release them into the field.”
Hendricks County is the third largest county in the Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson Metropolitan Statistical Area. It had a population of 145,448 as of the 2010 Census, and is the second fastest-growing county in Indiana and 85th in the nation.