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Hazardous Materials Theme Week

The Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) will host the 2018 Hazardous Materials Theme Week during 11-17 November 2018 on the CDP campus in Anniston, AL.

The intent for the Hazardous Materials Theme Week is to provide different response disciplines the ability to prepare for, respond to, and recover from various hazardous material incidents with an extensive hands-on training experience.

This Theme Week ensures participants are familiar with specific skill sets, and have the ability to respond safely and effectively to a hazardous materials incident. Law Enforcement, Fire Service Healthcare and Hazardous Materials Technicians’ disciplines will apply the knowledge and skills learned in simulated HAZMAT environments to include a joint, Integrated Capstone Event (ICE). These skill sets include: Hazardous evidence preservation and sampling, field screening, evaluating physical evidence, responsibilities of evidence collection teams, and methods for evidence documentation. Additionally, healthcare leaders and responders focus on making critical decisions in an all-hazards, emergency response environment by conducting triage followed by decontamination of patients as members of a Hospital Emergency Response Team.

CDP training is fully funded for state, local, tribal and territorial emergency responders to include roundtrip airfare, meals, lodging, training and any equipment required during training.

The CDP will host one iteration each of the following courses:

Healthcare Leadership for Mass Casualty Incidents

Healthcare Leadership for Mass Casualty Incidents

Contact Hours: 32

Overview

Healthcare Leadership for Mass Casualty Incidents is a four-day course that addresses disaster preparedness at the facility and system level. Healthcare leaders must be prepared for any incident that results in multiple casualties, whether it is the result of a natural disaster; an accidental or intentional release of a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or explosives (CBRNE) hazard; or a disease outbreak that results in an epidemic or pandemic. This course focuses on preparing healthcare leaders to make critical decisions in all-hazards disaster emergency preparedness activities. Responders learn essential disaster-planning response and recovery functions through lecture/discussion format that are then applied in a tabletop exercise and a two-day functional exercise.

Below are some, but not all, of the critical skill sets learned during this training program:

  • Clarify healthcare emergency management roles and responsibilities in the disaster life-cycle process — mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery — for all-hazards disasters.
  • Identify key partners in disaster preparedness, their roles, and interrelationships in responding to a disaster.
  • Relate the use of the Incident Command System in the healthcare system through Hospital Incident Command System (and the Public Health Incident System.
  • Illustrate roles and responsibilities in obtaining and distributing medical supplies in a disaster situation.
  • Illustrate the difficult decisions that healthcare leaders face regarding palliative care and mass-fatality management.
  • Summarize the development of emergency public information and risk communications messages.
  • Differentiate requirements for types of decontamination procedures and facilities, in addition to personal protective equipment to be used in healthcare facilities for a variety of hazards.
  • Describe the various concepts associated with the disaster-planning process.
  • Identify important aspects of Noble, U.S.A., and roles of the functional areas in the exercises.
  • Apply Comprehensive Emergency Management to a disaster-response situation
  • Apply the concepts of healthcare disaster planning.
  • Summarize the role of healthcare response in an all-hazards disaster.
  • Conduct healthcare response to a disaster.
  • Respond to a healthcare all-hazards disaster.
Target Audience/Disciplines
  • Hospital executive group — Senior executives who have ultimate legal and overall fiduciary responsibilities for the institution;- Mid-level management — Those who have responsibility for activating the disaster plan;
  • Patient services group — Senior patient care services leadership who are responsible for the following: organizing and delivering patient care services and resources; maintaining a patient-tracking system; assuring the treatment of inpatients and managing the inpatientcare areas; and controlling discharge procedures
  • Emergency Department (ED) group — Those responsible for overall clinical and administrative management of the ED resources;
  • Physical plant operations group — Those responsible for the physical plant and its environment;
  • Emergency Medical Services (EMS) — Those responsible for authorizing policy and/or participating in the formation of policy that determines the response of EMS resources to a disaster;
  • Public health group — Those responsible for authorizing policy and/or participating in the formation of policy that determines the public health response to a disaster; and
  • Other patient care — Patient-support areas may be represented, including infection control, chaplains, social workers, legal, and others.
Evidence Collection in a Hazardous Materials Environment

Evidence Collection in a Hazardous Materials Environment

Contact Hours: 32

Overview

Hazardous Materials Evidence Collection for CBRNE Incidents (HEC) is a four-day course, during which responders receive instruction in hazardous evidence preservation and sampling, field screening, evaluating physical evidence, responsibilities of evidence collection teams, and methods for evidence documentation and packaging. Students perform advanced, practical tasks in the Nation's only toxic chemical-agent training facility, the Chemical, Ordnance, Biological, and Radiological (COBRA) Training Facility.

Below are some, but not all, of the critical skill sets learned during this training program:

  • Plan a response to a criminal hazardous-materials incident.
  • Conduct preliminary survey of crime scene.
  • Document the crime scene.
  • Collect hazardous evidence.
  • Screen evidence for corrosiveness, flammability, oxidation, radioactivity, and volatile organic compounds.
  • Release the crime scene.
  • Don and doff Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Level C.
Target Audience/Disciplines

Law Enforcement, Fire Service, and Hazardous Materials technicians who require training and practice in hazardous evidence collection.

Hospital Emergency Response Training for Mass Casualty Incidents

Hospital Emergency Response Training for Mass Casualty Incidents

Contact Hours: 24

Overview

The Hospital Emergency Response Training for Mass Casualty Incidents (HERT) course addresses healthcare response at the operations level for the facility and its personnel. This three-day course prepares healthcare responders to utilize the Hospital Incident Command System — integrating into the community emergency response network while operating an Emergency Treatment Area as hospital first responders during a mass casualty incident involving patient contamination. The healthcare responders will determine and use appropriate personal protective equipment and conduct triage followed by decontamination of ambulatory and nonambulatory patients as members of a Hospital Emergency Response Team.

Below are some, but not all, of the critical skill sets learned during this training program:

  • Analyze the need, composition, and use of a Hospital Emergency Treatment Team during an emergency, mass casualty incident, or disaster situation.
  • Summarize the organization and operation of the Hospital Incident Command System as it integrates with the Incident Command System during response to mass casualty incident.
  • Differentiate the medical responses to a variety of illnesses and injuries that may result from a mass casualty incident.
  • Select and use the appropriate level of personal protective equipment as hospital first receivers in response to a disaster involving patient contamination.
  • Structure the healthcare facility Emergency Treatment Area to support medical operations in response a mass casualty incident.
  • Establish a Hospital Emergency Response Team that meets all safety requirements, provides security to the hospital, and efficiently manages patients for processing into the hospital facility for follow-up treatment.
  • Compare decontamination methods and procedures.
  • Perform Simple Triage and Rapid Treatment© (START) and JumpSTART procedures within the Emergency Treatment Area during a hospital response to a mass casualty incident involving contamination.
  • Conduct operations in an Emergency Treatment Area while wearing appropriate personal protective equipment in response to a mass casualty incident involving contamination.
  • Conduct an effective medical response to a mass casualty incident using the Hospital Emergency Response Team approach.
Target Audience/Disciplines

Hospital staff members who comprise a Hospital Emergency Response Team, such as physicians, nurses, administrators, security personnel, environmental staff, and other hospital staff.

Hazardous Materials Technician

Hazardous Materials Technician

Contact Hours: 40

Overview

Hazardous Materials Technician (HMT) is a five-day course that prepares Operations-level responders for Technician-level Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) certification. This 40-hour course, based on NFPA® 472 standards, provides participants with HAZMAT-specific response knowledge and skills, enabling them to respond safely and effectively to a suspected incident at the hazardous materials technician level. Participants receive hands-on training in donning and doffing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Levels A and B, containing leaks and drum over-packing, containing leaks in pressurized containers, and performing technical and mass decontamination. The HMT course culminates with performance of these offensive-level tasks in an activity in which the participants apply the knowledge and skills learned in a simulated HAZMAT environment. Graduates have the opportunity to take the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications (Pro Board) and the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) exam for HAZMAT Technician certification through the Alabama Fire College.

Below are some, but not all, of the critical skill sets learned during this training program:

  • Plan a response to a hazardous materials incident
  • Identify hazardous material container damage
  • Identify hazardous materials
  • Estimate size of an endangered area
  • Terminate the incident
  • Perform decontamination operations
  • Don and doff personal protective equipment level A
  • Don and doff personal protective equipment level B
  • Contain a leak in a 55-gallon drum
  • Contain a leak in a pressurized container
  • Contain a leak in a MC 306/DOT 406 Dome Cover
Target Audience/Disciplines

The target audience for this course is operational-level responders with technician-level HAZMAT response duties, assignments or requirements in their jurisdiction. This course meets prerequisite for responders attending the Hazardous Devices School, Huntsville, AL.

Hazardous Materials Technologies: Sampling, Monitoring, and Detection

Hazardous Materials Technologies: Sampling, Monitoring, and Detection

Contact Hours: 40

Overview

Hazardous Materials Technologies: Sampling, Monitoring, and Detection is a demanding five-day course that challenges the hazardous materials (HAZMAT) technician with an extensive hands-on training experience. The technician will demonstrate learned skills in response actions to a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or explosive (CBRNE) weapons of mass destruction incident in both the Center's outdoor Northville training complex and the Nation's only toxic chemical-agent training facility dedicated solely to emergency responders, the Chemical, Ordnance, Biological, and Radiological (COBRA) Training Facility.

Below are some, but not all, of the critical skill sets learned during this training program:

  • Select chemical sampling technology.
  • Select biological sampling technology.
  • Select radiological monitoring technology.
  • Perform hazardous materials operations in various levels of personal protective equipment.
  • Perform bulk and swab sample collections.
Target Audience/Disciplines

This course is specifically designed for hazardous materials technicians (29 CFR 1920.120). This course is also open to Hazardous Materials Technicians within private industry. This is not the prerequisite course for attendance to the Hazardous Devices School in Huntsville, AL (Please see HMT).

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Instructor Development Training Week
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Hazardous Materials Theme Week
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4th Annual Tribal Nations Training Week