Maricopa healthcare trainers receive training at Center for Domestic Preparedness

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said on Friday that three representatives from the Maricopa Integrated Health System in Phoenix, Ariz., recently received Technical Emergency Response Training for CBRNE Incidents.

Keith Fehr, the Maricopa Medical Center director of emergency management, said the medical center is a level one trauma and burn facility that treats injuries from chemicals. He said the course gives the community and organization an extra edge in preparedness.

"Offering courses at home has helped our community and local hospitals become more resilient with training," Fehr said. "As a hospital coalition our training is consistent and the equipment is identical from facility to facility allowing us to provide a standard level of care."

The medical care providers participated in the Indirect Authorized Trainer Program in order to offer Train-the-Trainer programs in their community.

"We need our staffs and nearby hospitals to maintain a certain level of awareness," Rob Stewart, a Maricopa Emergency Department registered nurse, said. "As we increase the knowledge and awareness of our internal staffs and other close-by organizations, we can take better care of our patients. A part of working in the Emergency Department is witnessing patients who have been exposed to a variety of chemicals and if our staffs do not understand how to approach these kinds of injuries it will create a delay in treatment and possibly cause cross contamination in the facility."

The three participants were recognized as silver level trainers, and have taught 53 classes to 120 emergency responders between them.

"I've always been interested in preparedness," David Hogg, a registered nurse for Interventional Radiology, said. "Training is important for survivability of the patient, hospital staff and facility. We have to protect each other to keep the facility open and receiving patients-training allows that. More people need to take advantage of the IATP. It saves money for the organization and local jurisdiction."