FEMA to conduct Emergency Medical Operations training course

The Federal Emergency Management Agency will hold its next Emergency Medical Operations for CBRNE Incidents training course for emergency medical service providers, healthcare professionals and public health managers on April 20-26.

The four-day course will prepare emergency responders to mitigate and respond to a CBRNE or mass casualty incident. The course consists of a variety of components, including in-class lectures and hands-on training.

Attendees will learn to apply Incident Command System principles during an incident, and complete triage using Simple Triage and Rapid Treatment and JumpSTART methods. They also will provide casualty assistance and perform emergency medical operations while wearing protective clothing.

The course will end with an Integrated Capstone Event, during which responders will implement their response knowledge and skills learned during the course. The event provides an opportunity for interdisciplinary response to an all-hazards incident. First responders will perform scene size-up, rescue, decontamination, triage, crime scene management and hospital response.

Emergency medical service responders are prime candidates for the course, but doctors and nurses may benefit from the training as well. Participants must be a licensed emergency care provider to attend. Some continuing education credits may be available.

The training will take place at the Center for Domestic Preparedness in Alabama.