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Local Responders Attend Homeland Security Training

November 20, 2013

Stacey Aguilar and Dari Olson recently provided training to Community Hospital’s Hospital Emergency Response Team (HERT), which consists of 33 members. Training included covering FEMA requirements and additional hospital decontamination lanes training procedures. Lanes training included patient triage, ambulatory and non-ambulatory patients, cut out station, survey and monitoring and patient treatment. From left to right: Sarah Wolford, Jessica Johnson, Stacey Aguilar, Nicole Olsen and Matthew Huff.

McCook, Neb.—Emergency Responders Stacey Aguilar and Dari Olson, from Community Hospital, completed training in May by the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP), in Anniston, Ala. and then brought the training back to Community Hospital staff. The CDP is operated by the United States Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and is the only federally-chartered Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) training facility in the nation.

“Stacey and I learned some very valuable lessons that we brought back to expand the training procedures we currently use at Community Hospital. It was well worth the time we spent to further our own education,” Olson said.

The CDP develops and delivers advanced training for emergency response providers, emergency managers, and other government officials from state, local and tribal governments. It offers more than 50 training courses focusing on incident management, mass casualty response, and emergency response to a catastrophic natural disaster or terrorist act. Training at the CDP campus is federally funded at no cost to state, local and tribal emergency response professionals or their agency.

A number of resident training courses culminate at the CDP’s Chemical, Ordnance, Biological and Radiological Training Facility (COBRA). The COBRA is the nation’s only facility featuring civilian training exercises in a true toxic environment using chemical agents. The advanced hands-on training enables responders to effectively prevent, respond to, and recover from real-world incidents involving acts of terrorism and other hazardous materials.

Responders participating in CDP training gain critical skills and confidence to respond effectively to local incidents or potential WMD events.

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