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Course Overview

Course Description:
This three and a half hour course will provide individuals in a healthcare setting with a foundation in all hazards basics. Through lecture and didactic discussion, participants will learn about recognizing a potential mass disaster incident and its corresponding threats. They will also learn to use the algorithm RAIN (Recognize, Avoid, Isolate, and Notify) to take initial defensive response actions against natural disasters, terrorism, and chemical, biological, explosive, and radiological agents. With its focus on healthcare personnel, the course will conclude by presenting material on the topics of victim management and personal protective equipment.

This course is in accordance with OSHA 24 CFR 1910.120 – Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response. This awareness level training is designed for all personnel who may encounter a hazardous situation, but may not necessarily be called upon to respond to the event. Recognition and initial actions are stressed.

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

  1. Describe how a mass casualty incident (MCI) response may develop both at the scene and at a healthcare facility
  2. Describe the basic function of the Incident Command System (ICS) and your role within it
  3. Identify types of hazards, their core characteristics and potential medical consequences for each
  4. List core principles of healthcare response to disaster events
  5. Identify effective strategies to enhance workplace & household preparedness
  6. Identify basic principles of victim management
  7. Describe the various types of hospital facility-based personal protective equipment (PPE) and recognize the appropriate use of each
  8. Outline the steps and key components involved in effective patient decontamination procedures

Target Audience:
Emergency management, emergency medical services, hazardous materials, public works, public health, healthcare, and private security

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

Matthew J. Matosic, MSEM
CBRNE Instructor
DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness

Michael Marino
DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness

This course is approved for 3 hours of OEMS credit at the Basic Level. 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 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. DelValle Institute is funded through federal grants from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For more information regarding DelValle Institute funding, please visit the funding page.

Course Dates





Thursday, June 30, 2016
8:00 AM - 11:30 AM

DelValle Institute for
Emergency Preparedness
785 Albany Street

Boston, MA 02118
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