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 in a CBRNE/HazMat incident.
  3. Identify the type of CBRNE agent by recognizing patient presentations.
  4. Identify personal protective equipment (PPE) utilized by EMS personnel.
  5. Demonstrate proper donning and doffing of Bio PPE.
  6. Describe how a scene size-up is performed and how it relates to initial actions.
  7. Show how to perform a scene size-up and take initial actions based on a tabletop exercise scenario.
  8. Summarize methods of managing mass casualty incidents including MCI triage.
  9. Describe how patients are managed following decontamination.
  10. Apply mass casualty incident management procedures during a mass decontamination exercise.
  11. List lessons learned from experiences during the mass decontamination exercise.
  12. 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)

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

Mea Allen, M.Ed.
Associate Director, Education & Training
DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness
Office of Public Health Preparedness

Ashley Miller, MPH
Senior Program Manager, Instructional Design
DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness
Office of Public Health Preparedness

This course is approved for 13.5 hours of MA OEMS credit at all levels (basic, advanced and paramedic).

This program was designed to meet the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing, 244 CMR 5.00 for 16.2 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 upcoming deliveries of this course scheduled at this time. Please come back at a later date.