Emergency Medical Services Operations and Planning for Weapons of Mass Destruction - Part III

Category: Emergency Response

There are a total of nine modules in the Emergency Medical Services Operations and Planning for Weapons of Mass Destruction course. The course has been divided into the three parts as outlined below.

  • Part I
    • Module 1: Emergency Response Guide
    • Module 2: Biological Weapons
    • Module 3: Radiological Weapons
  • Part II
    • Module 4: Incendiary Weapons
    • Module 5: Chemical Weapons
    • Module 6: Explosive Weapons
  • Part III
    • Module 7: Decontamination
    • Module 8: Interaction with the Hospital
    • Module 9: Detection

This course will cover modules 7 through 9

These modules contain practice exercises that will provide you with an opportunity to apply and better understand the material presented.

Intended Audience

EMS personnel to properly perform patient triage, treatment, and transportation in the event of exposure to biological, nuclear (radiological), incendiary, chemical, and explosive weapons

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Definethe proper level of protection for the type of contamination present
  • Establishprotection zones and describe the functions of each
  • PlanandConductdecontamination operations for responders and victims in a WMD event
  • Discusshospital resources and requirements related to WMD and hazmat incidents
  • Explainways EMS responders can effectively integrate with hospitals during WMD incidents
  • Explainhow emergency medical responders interface with medical treatment facilities
  • Discussthe use and characteristics of conventional, nonconventional, and military chemical detection devices
  • Discussthe use of radiation detectors and biological weapons detectors
  • Discussthe rules for sampling unknowns

Pre-requisites/Learning Level

No pre-requisites

Competencies addressed

Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals identified

domain 2: Policy Development/Program Planning Skills

  • 2A8. Implements policies, programs, and services

CEUs Offered





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1 hour

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Creation and/or update

September 10, 2014