Warm Zone Operations Training at Hampshire college - June 28 & 29, 2017

The Western Region Homeland Security Advisory Council (WRHSAC) offered a Warm Zone Operations/Triage Prioritization Training on June 28 & 29, 2017. The training was held at The Red Barn at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA.

The training days were a blend of classroom and practical exercises for the 50+ responders

This two-day training provided participants with performance level training in Warm Zone operations. The focus was on cross-discipline coordination on scene, particularly between EMS, Fire and Police. Tactical formations, communication, team integrity, and more was also included. Special focus was given to wound assessment and triage prioritization. The first day was primarily lecture format covering warm zone development, the active shooter, MCI in a hostile environment and triage dynamics. Drills and scenarios were practiced on day 2. Participating disciplines included EMS, fire, police, hospitals, schools, CERT/MRC, Northwest Massachusetts Incident Management Team and Search & Rescue.

Rescue Task Force members get briefed on the mission
Rescue Task Force members make a dynamic entry into the facility to ensure responder safety while immediate medical attention is provided
The Rescue Task Force is a blend of law enforcement officers and EMS providers

About 50 firefighters, EMT’s, police officers and other representatives from 35 different agencies around Massachusetts attended the class.

Law enforcement officers provide coverage for EMS providers while they render care to patients
A paramedic applies a tourniquet to an injured police officer while a suspect is taken into custody
The Rescue Task Force prepares to enter the lower level of the facility
EMS provide care to victims of an active shooter
Patients are evacuated to a casualty collection point for triage and transportation while law enforcement officers provide security
After the practical exercise, the participants are briefed on observations by exercise organizers

The training was facilitated by Emergency Response Consulting from North Adams, MA and sponsored by the Western Region Homeland Security Advisory Council and the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS).

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