Course Overview

Course Description:
The Metro Boston Emergency Tracking System (ETS) is a system which integrates the requirements of pre-hospital, hospital, public health, and emergency management to enable real-time accountability of client location and movement during any type of large event. The system - which uses barcodes, hand scanners, and a web application - can be used to track patients in the event of a Mass Casualty Incident (MCI), as well as to track individuals in the event of a mass dispensing clinic activation, an evacuation and sheltering scenario, or a special event. This information aids in the coordination and management of the incident response, and provides support for family reunification services.

Scheduled in early spring, this course is intended to provide members with the information and skills they need to participate in the Boston Athletic Association Injured Runner Tracking Team in April, supporting the Boston Marathon. This course will conclude with a briefing by Boston EMS personnel to prepare volunteers with marathon-specific guidelines and procedures for injured runner tracking.

Learning Objectives:
By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the purpose of the Emergency Tracking System (ETS)
  • Describe how ETS field equipment is typically used in a mass casualty incident and a mass dispensing clinic
  • Use the ETS field equipment to correctly and accurately enter data into the system
  • Describe the steps for receiving and treating injured runners at the marathon medical tents
  • Identify key measures to take at home in preparation for volunteering at the Boston Marathon

Target Audience: 
Boston MRC approved to volunteer in 2017 Boston Marathon

Kristen Lewis, LCSW
Coordinator, Volunteers and Partnerships
DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness

Erin Curran, Esq.
Deputy Chief of Staff
Boston Emergency Medical Services

Application has been made for 3 hours of MA OEMS credits.

This program was designed to meet the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing, 244 CMR 5.00 for 3.6 contact hours of nursing continuing education. 

The DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness is the Education & Training branch of the Office of Public Health Preparedness. In conjunction with Boston EMS, a bureau of the Boston Public Health Commission, the DelValle Institute provides high-quality all-hazards training and exercises to develop and enhance capabilities-based preparedness. This course is supported by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) through the Boston Public Health Commission Office of Public Health Preparedness, with funding from The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Public Health Emergency Preparedness Cooperative Agreement. For more information regarding DelValle Institute funding, please visit the funding page.

Course Dates


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