June 27th, 2011
Emergency Responders Pamela M Drewniak, EMS & Emergency Preparedness Coordinator for New London Hospital and Chief Steven Marshall, EMT-I, New London Hospital and Sunapee EMS recently completed training offered by the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP), in Anniston, Ala. The CDP is operated by the United States Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency and is the only federally chartered Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) training facility in the nation.
New London Hospital maintains a proactive Hospital Emergency Response Team to prepare for all natural or medical emergencies that may affect the hospital or the towns served by New London Hospital. Several exercises and drill are conducted each year a New London Hospital to test the plans in place. This 3-day class concentrated on Mass Causality planning and culminated in a full-scale exercise that was mass casualty with all the problems of a decontamination situation. Resident training at the CDP includes healthcare and public health courses at the Noble Training Facility, the nationís only hospital dedicated to training healthcare professionals in disaster preparedness and response.
The CDP develops and delivers advanced training for emergency response providers, emergency managers, and other government officials from state, local, and tribal governments. Training at the CDP campus is federally funded at no cost to state, local, and tribal emergency response professionals or their agency.
Resident training at the CDP includes healthcare and public health courses at the Noble Training Facility, the nation's only hospital dedicated to training healthcare professionals in disaster preparedness and response.
A number of resident training courses culminate at the CDP's Chemical, Ordnance, Biological and Radiological Training Facility (COBRA). The COBRA is the nation's only facility featuring civilian training exercises in a true toxic environment using chemical agents. The advanced hands-on training enables responders to effectively prevent, respond to, and recover from real-world incidents involving acts of terrorism and other hazardous materials.
Responders participating in CDP training gain critical skills and confidence to respond effectively to local incidents or potential WMD events.