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.
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.