Center for Domestic Preparedness holds regional training conference

The Center for Domestic Preparedness in Northern California hosted emergency responders, public health specialists and healthcare professionals during a Feb. 8-14 conference focused on response to major natural or manmade disasters.

Conference attendees benefited from a variety of specialized classes on advanced emergency response techniques, hazardous material decontamination and emergency procedures, according to Red Bluff Daily News.

The conference's capstone event was a simulated earthquake in a fictional city. The simulation involved a release of hazardous material and more than 300 people who needed triage and treatment, Red Bluff Daily News reports.

The CDP used role-play, human-patient simulators and mannequins to simulate victims that needed triage and treatment. Emergency responders were required to work together to rescue survivors and provide care.

The conference brought participants from Tehama, Glenn, Shasta, Trinity, Siskiyou, Lassen, Sierra, Plumas, Butte, Sacramento, Placer and Yolo counties, Red Bluff Daily News reports.

"This training allowed us to network with individuals from our region," Ruth Ann Rowen, the emergency management coordinator at St. Elizabeth Community Hospital , said, according to Red Bluff Daily News. "These are the very people that you may need to call for assistance during a large incident. To be able to train and learn in such a realistic environment was immeasurable in worth and value."

The CDP event was funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for participants from state, local and tribal governments, Red Bluff Daily News reports.