Nearly 120 responders from across the Sunshine State participated in training April 1-5 on the CDP’s campus in Anniston, Ala.

The responders – doctors, nurses and other medical professionals – are all employed by Florida’s Department of Health, which is headquartered in Tallahassee.     

Members of the group attended one of three different courses during the week – Healthcare Leadership for Mass Casualty Incidents (HCL), Hospital Emergency Response Training for Mass Casualty Incidents (HERT), and Emergency Medical Operations for CBRNE Incidents (EMO).  

The members also participated in an Integrated Capstone Event.  Integrated Capstone Events are full-blown exercises at the end of a training week where students from multiple courses and disciplines work together to respond to one or more simulated incidents patterned after recent real-world events.  

Ironically, the group attended training during National Public Health Week. The week is an annual event used to shine the spotlight on and advocate for a strong public health system.