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Department of Homeland Security Shield / FEMA
Center for
Domestic Preparedness

Prehospital Mass Casualty Incident Operations

V15 AW934-V15
1.5 Contact Hours


In this course, students will discuss effective and efficient prehospital response procedures for mass casualty incident response operations in accordance with best practices and lessons learned.

This course is part of the Health and Medical Topics Collection IG V15 3.

Learning Objectives for this course:

(1) Describe the three phases of an effective response to a CBRNE incident consistent with the National Response Framework (NRF), Chapter II.
(2) Identify the protective action zones, the characteristics of the control zones, and the responsibilities of responders in these zones in accordance with National Fire Protection Association® (NFPA®) 470 (NFPA 470), Chapter 3.3.
(3) Describe precautions necessary to ensure the safety of responders and the public at the scene of a CBRNE incident in accordance with NFPA 470.
(4) Identify the functions and responsibilities within the ICS during an MCI as mandated by the National Incident Management System (NIMS), pages 45–63.
(5) Define medical operations during an MCI and the roles of medical personnel under the Medical Unit and the Operations Medical Branch in accordance with best practices.
(6) Describe the process of evaluating and directing the movement and evacuation of ambulatory, non-ambulatory, as well as access and functional needs casualties during an MCI.
(7) Evaluate casualties using techniques such as SALT Triage.