course overview

Course Description:
This course will prepare Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel to respond to incidents involving Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive (CBRNE) events and other hazardous materials, including toxic industrial chemicals (TICs). This interactive course, using activities to build skills, covers a number of topics including the role of EMS in a CBRNE/HazMat incident, how to recognize and respond to a CBRNE/HazMat incident, the use of appropriate personal protection equipment (PPE), and providing aid to patients after gross decontamination with a focus on life-saving interventions.

Learning Objectives:
By the conclusion of this course, the learner will be able to

  1. Explain the purpose of the course.
  2. Describe the roles, responsibilities, and limitations of Emergency Medical Services and partner organizations in CBRNE/HazMat incidents.
  3. List personal preparedness strategies for the home and family.
  4. Describe how to recognize, protect, and treat victims of chemical exposure.
  5. Describe how to recognize, protect, and treat victims exposed to biological agents.
  6. Correctly demonstrate don and doff techniques of biological personal protective equipment (PPE) appropriate to EMS in a functional exercise.
  7. Articulate the appropriate initial actions to take at a CBRNE/HazMat incident.
  8. Describe how to recognize, protect, and treat victims exposed to ionizing radiation.
  9. Describe how to recognize, protect, and treat victims of explosive/bombing incidents.
  10. Identify the medical challenges associated with contamination reduction and the proper handling of patients following gross decontamination.
  11. Demonstrate life-saving interventions applied to patients requiring decontamination.
  12. Recognize how to coordinate effectively with other agencies during a CBRNE/HazMat incident.
  13. Apply the basics of contaminated victim mass casualty triage.
  14. Summarize important concepts of incident demobilization for EMS as they relate to a CBRNE/HazMat incident.
  15. Demonstrate, in a multi-faceted exercise, the ability to properly identify a hazard, verbalize initial response actions, select and don the appropriate PPE, triage, and provide suitable life-saving interventions for patients.
  16. Summarize the course key messages.

Target Audience:
All Emergency Medical Services (EMS) responders within the Metro-Boston Homeland Security Region (MBHSR), to include First Responder, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Advanced EMT (AEMT), and Paramedic (EMT-P)

Lt. Brian Pomodoro, EMT-IC  
Senior Program Manager for Emergency Response  
DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness, Boston EMS
Office of Public Health Preparedness

Matthew J. Matosic, MSEM  
CBRNE Instructor  
DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness
Office of Public Health Preparedness

Michael Marino
DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness
Office of Public Health Preparedness

This course is approved for 19.5 hours of OEMS credit at all levels. Please update your National Registry training profile accordingly and provide proof of completion to your designated training officer. Keep a copy of proof of completion for your records.

This program was designed to meet the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing, 244 CMR 5.00 for 28.8 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 training is part of the Metro-Boston Homeland Security Region's training and exercise program, and is supported with federal funding from the US Department of Homeland Security's Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI). For more information regarding DelValle Institute funding, please visit our funding page.

There are no sessions scheduled at this time. Please check back at a later date.