In Photos: Training for a Mass Casualty Event

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As several FEMA bloggers have mentioned before, training is vital to being prepared before a disaster strikes.  For those in the emergency response community (first responders, emergency managers, government officials), training is even more important.

At FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP), we provide responders with knowledge to prevent, protect, respond to, and recover from chemical, biological, explosive, radiological, or other hazardous materials incidents.  I wanted to highlight one such course from last week – the Hospital Emergency Response Training for Mass Casualty Incidents. 

This training places emergency response providers in a realistic mass-casualty training scenario after a week of classes.  The training takes place at the CDP’s Noble Training Facility, which is a converted Army hospital now dedicated solely to training hospital and healthcare workers in all-hazards response, including terrorism and manmade disasters.  Below are some photos of the students in action, as they put their knowledge to the test in a simulated disaster scenario. 

As you take a look at the photos, think about the most relevant preparedness training experiences you’ve had.  Then, leave a comment and share what made the training so applicable to real world situations.

- Denis



Michelle Hollingsworth, a registered nurse, listens for breathing following simulated life-saving measures during the Hospital Emergency Response Training (HERT) for Mass Casualty Incidents course.
Anniston, AL, January 21, 2011 -- Michelle Hollingsworth, a registered nurse, listens for breathing following simulated life-saving measures during the Hospital Emergency Response Training (HERT) for Mass Casualty Incidents course. HERT places emergency response providers in a realistic mass-casualty training scenario.

Healthcare workers rush to decontaminate a simulated victim during an exercise at the Center for Domestic Preparedness, located in Anniston, Ala.
Anniston, AL, January 21, 2011 -- Healthcare workers rush to decontaminate a simulated victim during an exercise at the Center for Domestic Preparedness, located in Anniston, Ala. These students were attending the Hospital Emergency Response Training (HERT) for Mass Casualty Incidents course that places emergency response providers in a realistic mass-casualty training scenario.

Healthcare workers triage a simulated victim during an exercise at the Center for Domestic Preparedness, located in Anniston, Ala.
Anniston, AL, January 21, 2011 -- Healthcare workers triage a simulated victim during an exercise at the Center for Domestic Preparedness, located in Anniston, Ala. These students were attending the Hospital Emergency Response Training (HERT) for Mass Casualty Incidents course that places emergency response providers in a realistic mass-casualty training scenario.

Note
Training at the CDP campus is federally funded at no cost to state, local, and tribal emergency response professionals or their agency.  For more information on the CDP's specialized programs and courses, please visit their web site at:  http://cdp.dhs.gov.

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Posted on Wed, 01/26/2011 - 14:57
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Do DoD Medical Centers qualify for the training? W...

Do DoD Medical Centers qualify for the training? Working on my CBRNE conversion to HERT teams and would like to use a MTT if possible. We are located in southeastern, Virginia.<br /><br />Thanks,<br />Shannon<br />shannondor.marquez@med.navy.mil

SurfinSenior - Federal responders can attend CDP t...

SurfinSenior - Federal responders can attend CDP training. However, their agency is required to pay for the training, including a small course fee and the responder’s travel, meals and lodging. For more information about federal responders training at the CDP go to this link (http://cdp.dhs.gov/resident/private.html). The HERT class is currently offered as a resident course at our campus in Anniston, Ala. It is not offered as mobile training.<br /><br />-Denis

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