Biological Response Preparedness for Emergency Medical Services


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Course Description

This course is provided by South Central Public Health Partnership and will require a secondary login and/or registration.

This course is offered to better prepare the emergency medical services, public health officials and other first responder agencies, including law enforcement officers, for an incident involving Weapons of Mass Destruction. A special emphasis is placed on biological response preparedness for emergency medical services, including an overview on both trauma and chemical injury triage using the nationally recognized Simple Triage and Rapid Treatment START system. Course participants will be better prepared to use response information sources such as the FEMAs Emergency Response to Terrorism Job Aid to assess WMD casualties, conduct medical triage, select the proper tactical response objective, and identify proper mass decontamination procedures. Participants will also receive an introduction to the Incident Management System and how to respond to WMD events using a unified command structure.                                           

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Target Audience

None listed

Learning Objectives

Having completed this course, the learner will be able to:

  1. Define terrorism, and recognize the chief characteristics of terrorist activities
  2. Recognize attack vulnerability factors and identify chief characteristics of the 5 categories of potential terrorist threats and implement self-protection measures
  3. Recognize delayed effects of biological agents compared to acute effects of chemical exposures
  4. Identify tactical considerations associated with acts of terrorism involving biological, nuclear, incendiary, chemical, and explosive materials (B-NICE)
  5. Identify the signs and symptoms of illness and/or injuries resulting from the WMD agents
  6. Recognize the difference in procedures and environmental concerns between technical decontamination and medical mass decontamination
  7. Identify the proper procedures involved in performing mass causality triage
  8. Recognize the chief indicators of a crime scene at WMD incidents
  9. Identify specialized equipment needed to support the tactical operations involving weapons of mass destruction
  10. Describe the purpose, needs, benefits and elements of a unified incident management system
  11. Identify the safe protection zones at WMD incidents 

Council of Linkages Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (COL)/COL Tier(s)

None listed

Professional/Disciplinary Competencies

Public Health Sciences

  1. Applies public health sciences in the administration and management of programs
  2. Retrieves evidence (e.g., research findings, case reports, community surveys) from print and electronic sources (e.g., PubMed, Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, The World Health Report) to support decision making 



Credit /CEU

None available


3 hrs.


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