Emergency Medical Operations for CBRNE Incidents
The Emergency Medical Operations for CBRNE Incidents (EMO) is a four-day course that prepares responders to effectively respond to a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or explosive (CBRNE) or mass casualty incident. The four-day EMO course provides classroom lectures, extensive hands-on training, and culminates with a hands-on practical exercise that allows responders to implement the emergency-response knowledge and skills learned during the course.
Below are some, but not all, of the critical skill sets learned during this training program:
- Apply Incident Command System principles focusing on medical operations.
- Identify the appropriate personal protection equipment levels when responding to a CBRNE incident or mass casualty incident.
- Evaluate casualties using techniques such as Simple Triage and Rapid Treatment (START) and JumpSTART.
- Provide casualty assistance and perform emergency medical operations while wearing personal protective equipment.
- Process non-ambulatory, ambulatory, and special needs casualties through a decontamination corridor.
- Conduct tracking and transport operations in support of casualty evacuation during a mass casualty incident.
Emergency Medical Services, Healthcare, Public Health, Emergency Medical Technicians, Paramedics, and Hospital Staff, including Physicians and Nurses. Responders must be state-licensed Paramedics, EMTs, or Emergency Care Providers.
Prerequisites and Requirements
To be eligible for the course, the student must successfully complete the following courses:
- AWR-160, WMD/Terrorism Awareness for Emergency Responders;
- IS-100.c, Introduction to Incident Command System for Healthcare/Hospitals, IS-100 or any of the available ICS-100 series;
- IS-200.HCa, Applying ICS to Healthcare Organizations, IS-200 or any ICS-200 series; and
- IS-700.b, National Incident Management System, An Introduction, IS-700.
- Participants must be able to lift 50 pounds, wear personal protective equipment, and meet the CDP medical criteria.
Continuing Education Credits
The Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) is an Accredited Provider (AP) of Continuing Education Units (CEU) and is authorized to award the following CEUs for successful completion of this activity:
- ABN (Alabama Board of Nursing) - 32 CEUs
- CAPCE (Comission on Pre-Hospital Continuing Education) - 32 CEUs
- IACET (International Association of Continuing Education and Training) – 3.2 CEUs