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The Red Barn at Hampshire College, 893 West Street, Amherst, MA

9:00 am to 2:30 pm

Stop the Bleed is a nationwide campaign to empower individuals to act quickly and save lives.

This training will prepare first responders (fire, police, EMS, public health, hospitals, etc) to correctly use tourniquets on self and others, and prepare them to train colleagues and the general public on correct use of tourniquets.

Each participant will receive a combat  application tourniquet (CAT) for their personal go kit.

The training will be facilitated by Emergency Response Consulting from North Adams, MA.

A light breakfast and full lunch will be provided. Registration begins at 8:00 am. The training will begin promptly at 9:00 am.

You must be registered to attend. Please complete the form below to register. Registration will be confirmed via email.

Stop the Bleed May 17

UMass Amherst Police Department

8:30 am to 5:00 pm

The Western Region Homeland Security Advisory Council (WRHSAC) and the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) are hosting Wide Area Search & Rescue Training being held at UMass Amherst Police Department on June 6 through 8, 2017. The training is taught by Texas A&M Extension Services (TEEX).

Participants are instructed in practical search methods and skills so they can perform systematic searches over a large affected area. The training includes challenging exercises that mirror real life scenarios. The three-day long event concludes with an in-depth exercise that requires participants to utilize the skills gained during the course. The trainers delivering the course are knowledgeable, experienced emergency responders who have actively utilized wide area search techniques during some of the Nation’s largest and most challenging operations, such as Hurricanes Katrina, Ike, Gustav and Rita, the Space Shuttle Columbia recovery operation, and many other incidents that required these same comprehensive strategies.


·          Preparedness & Response ·         Search Strategies & Skills
·         Search Management & Planning ·         Communication
·         Mapping ·         Team Management


Registration prioritization will be given to members of Berkshire Mountain Search & Rescue, Western Massachusetts Technical Rescue Team, and mid to senior level commanders from Fire and Law Enforcement in western Massachusetts.

All registrants will be placed on a waitlist. Accepted participants will receive email confirmation. You must attend all three days to receive a certificate.

To express you interest in this training, please complete the following form:

Wide Area Search & Rescue Training

UMass Amherst Campus Center

8:15 am to 5:00 pm

The Western Region Homeland Security Advisory Council is offering Medical Preparedness and Response to Bombing Incidents on Thursday and Friday, November 3 & 4, 2016. This two day training is free and open to all emergency response disciplines. Breakfast and lunch will be provided each day.

We had a great class. Thanks to everyone who attended. 

Medical Preparedness and Response to Bombing Incidents Training addresses medical preparedness for and response to blast effects through a combination of lectures, small group activities and tabletop participant exercises. Participants completing this course will gain an enhanced understanding and awareness of issues and considerations relating to bombing incidents. Content areas include identification of targets, explosives characteristics, pre-attack indicators, pre- and post-detonation response, bombing injuries, security, and resource management.

This course is designed for personnel from any professional background who may become part of a community response to a bombing event. This interactive, instructor-facilitated program employs case studies and research-based information designed to enhance medical preparedness for and response to blast effects. Breakout sessions address considerations and concerns specific both to medical responders and emergency planners.

This training represents a cooperative effort between New Mexico Tech’s Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center (NMT/EMRTC) and the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service’s National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center (TEEX/NERRTC), a member of The Texas A&M University System. To register complete the form at the bottom of this page.


  • Terrorism target identification
  • Types of terrorism
  • Explosive characteristics and behaviors
  • Homemade explosives
  • Pre-attack indicators
  • Blast injuries types and treatment
  • Mass casualty triage
  • Pre- and post-detonation response
  • Planning considerations
  • Command considerations
  • Understanding local/state/federal resources
  • Case studies
  • Integrated tabletop exercise
  • Audience

Recommended Audience:

  • Fire Services
  • Law Enforcement (federal, state, local, county)
  • SWAT/ Special Response team members
  • Tactical Medics
  • Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
  • Hospital personnel
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Emergency management organizations
  • Emergency managers and planners
  • City Medical / Public Health
  • County Medical / Public Health
  • State Medical / Public Health
  • Federal Medical / Public Health
  • Private Industry
  • Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT)
  • Dispatchers


FEMA / SID Number Students must register and bring a copy of their SID number to class. Register online:

CE Credits

This course is approved and accredited for continuing education hours from:

ENA- Emergency Nurses Association

AAFP – America Academy of Family Physicians

OEMS – Office of Emergency Medical Services


University of Massachusetts Campus Center

One Campus Center Way

Amherst, MA

Time: Registration will begin at 8:15 am and light breakfast buffet will be available. Course will begin promptly at 9am and end at 5pm each day.

Hadley Farms Meeting House, 41 Russell Street (Rt. 9), Hadley MA

8:00 am to 4:30 pm

The Western Region Homeland Security Advisory Council will host a Pediatric Psychological First Aid (PFA) Training on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at the Hadley Farms Meeting  House in Hadley, MA. This training is an initiative of WRHSAC’s Children in Disasters: Keeping Kids Safe project.

Pediatric Psychological First Aid (PFA) is an evidence informed approach for assisting children and adolescents in the aftermath of disasters and terrorism.

This course will be facilitated by members of PFA International, including  Dr. Kermit Crawford, Director of the Center for Multicultural Mental Health, Boston; Dr. Shamaila Khan, Director of Behavioral Health Services, Massachusetts Resiliency Center, Boston; and Dr. Russell T. Jones, from Virginia Tech University, a specialist in working with traumatized children.

This training is appropriate for first responders, all school staff especially teachers & nurses, hospital staff, counselors & therapists, day care providers, faith-based members, and others who interact with children, infants through teenagers, on a regular basis.

Handlers and nationally certified comfort dogs from HOPE: Animal Assisted Crisis Response will be attending. WRHSAC is grateful for their participation.

This training is free.  A light breakfast and full lunch will be provided. On-site registration begins at 8am. The training will begin promptly at 9am.

We encourage you to register soon as course size is limited to 100. The course is expected to fill quickly. Registration is open to individuals from western Massachusetts. A waitlist will be started once the course if full.

OEMS credits (7 hours) have been approved for all levels of EMT. Nursing CEUs are pending.

This training is full. Thank you for your interest. 

Deerfield Academy, Deerfield, MA

This event is full and registration is closed. Only registered attendees will be allowed admittance.

The Western Region Homeland Security Advisory Council (WRHSAC) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Springfield, MA Field Office invite you to a one-day informational symposium on active shooter incidents on Wednesday, March 16, 2016. 8:30am to 4:30pm.  The symposium is open to professionals living or working in western Massachusetts. Registration is required (see below for registration information).

Presenters will share take-aways in the areas of recommended response actions for public safety responders, organizations and businesses. Participants are encouraged to take advantage of the event to build relationships for collaboration in preparing for and managing incidents.

The FBI will present their educational video “The Coming Storm”. The video dramatizes the occurrence and aftermath of a campus shooting, weaving within the story the best practices and lessons learned from active shooter incidents that have occurred throughout the United States. In addition to the video, FBI Special Agent Thomas Veivia will discuss some recognized patterns of behavior and warning signs demonstrated by shooters prior to events.

Lt. David DelVecchia, Connecticut State Police and Captain Joseph Rios, Newtown, CT, Police Department will discuss the response to, the logistics of the investigation and post incident management of the tragedy which occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT on December 14, 2012.

Chief David Billings, Manchester, CT, Fire Department will discuss the Hartford Beer Distribution incident which occurred on August 3, 2010 and review specific considerations for Fire/EMS when responding to active shooter incidents

The Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS) will provide an overview of current preparedness and response activities throughout the Commonwealth.


Intended Audience

Public Safety professionals, first responders, hospital professionals/security, school administrators, faculty and security from pre-school through higher education, school resource officers, faithbased organizations, businesses, public and elected officials, large venue/event organizers, and chambers of commerce who live or work within the four counties of Western Massachusetts. People registering from outside of western Massachusetts will automatically be placed on a waitlist. Two weeks prior to the event, if space allows, people on the waitlist will be accepted and notified of registration.

The event is free and food will be provided (breakfast pastries/fruit, hot lunch and beverages). Parking is free.

WRHSAC and the FBI wish to thank the Deerfield Academy for hosting this regionally important event.

Registration for this event is full and closed.  


The Red Barn at Hampshire College, 893 West Street, Amherst, MA

8:30am to 5:00pm

WRHSAC is conducting Medical Management of CBRNE Events Training on January 12 & 13, 2015

**Thank you for your interest in this course. The course is full. We are no longer accepting registration**

What if a catastrophic event occurs? Will you be ready? Will you need a special level of protection? Is decontamination necessary? Do you have the right medications?

Medical Management of Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives, (CBRNE) Events answers these questions and more as you learn how to distinguish between different agents of concern that could be used in a major incident.

This two-day course is a combination of facilitated discussions, small-group exercises, Human Patient Simulator hands-on scenarios, and traditional classroom discussions. Exercises are conducted in a CBRNE scenario using both adult and pediatric Human Patient Simulators to reinforce classroom lectures and interaction. You must attend both days to receive a certificate.

This course promotes critical thinking skills while utilizing the RAPID-Care concept. The multi-discipline make-up of the participants helps to strengthen information sharing, communications, and medical surge capabilities.

This course is taught by Texas A&M Engineering Extension Services. The course is free. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Registration will begin at 8:30am. Class begins at 9am and will end by 5pm each day. The training will be held at The Red Barn at Hampshire College, 893 West Street, Amherst, MA. 

This training is appropriate for the following disciplines:

  • Fire Services
  • Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
  • Law Enforcement
  • Hospital personnel, physicians and nurses
  • Public Health
  • Public Works (PW)
  • Emergency Management Organizations
  • City, County, State and Federal Medical
  • Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT)
  • Dispatchers

It is recommended that you take the following online course prior to attending this training:

OEMS credit of 16 hours for all levels of EMT/Paramedic have been approved. 16 hours of Dispatcher credit are available from the State 911 Department. Nursing credits are available through TEEX. Information will be provided in the course.

Class size is limited to 40 participants. This class is full. 


23 Service Center Road, Northampton, MA

10:00 am

WRHSAC Meeting on September 27, 2016 at 10am

Please note the meeting location!

Public Health Coalition Meetings


Across the Commonwealth, hazardous materials response calls are increasingly a result of drug production related hazards and homemade explosives, include small scale, in-home operations. First responders are regularly the first on the scene and due to the emerging nature of drug and explosive production, are often unaware of the hazards that are present and may not be able to identify that a hazard even exits.

Public Health and Boards of Health have a unique and specialized role in the response to and recovery from these residential based hazardous materials incidents. This training will review how to recognize the hazards of in-home hazardous production and review Public Health/Board of Health responsibilities.

A training will be held in each county of western Massachusetts. The training will be held at regularly scheduled public health coalition meetings and health agent meetings. The training is free. The following training schedule has been established. The training for Hampden County is yet to be scheduled. Please watch this post for more information.

Emerging Threats Training for Public Health Officials Schedule

Regional Health Directors and Health Agents Meeting, Monday, November 16, 2016, 9:30 am. Department of Public Health, 23 Service Center Road, Northampton. For more information contact Glen Ayers at Franklin Regional Council of Governments

Mohawk Area Public Health Coalition, Monday, Monday, November 16, 2016, 4:30 pm. John W. Olver Transit Center, 12 Olive Street, Greenfield, MA. For more information contact Greg Lewis at Franklin Regional Council of Governments.

Berkshire County Boards of Health Association, Wednesday, December 16, 2016 2:00 pm. Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, 1 Fenn Street, Pittsfield, MA. For more information contact Sandra Martin at Berkshire Regional Planning Commission.

Rapid Medical Response to Disturbances in Jails and Courts

8:00am to 4:00pm

The Western Region Homeland Security Advisory Council is sponsoring Rapid Medical Response to Disturbances in Jails & Courts Training. The second session of this training will be held at the Berkshire County Sheriff’s Office on January 25, 2016.

Participation is limited to 24 people, and priority will be given to Correctional Staff and Court Officers working in the four counties of western Mass.

This particular course will look at the facilities staff response to a disturbance and how to best respond to the medical emergencies that emerge from the event. This course is aimed at the Court Officers, SERT/TRT, Correctional Officers, Correctional Nurses, and their Supervisors (Sergeant, Lieutenants and Captains) that would respond to the event. In an event such as this, time is a crucial factor as well and security, and coordinating with external responding resources such as the State Police, Fire Departments and third service ambulance providers. Course participants will learn about previous cases in history, how to medically respond to the situation by treating the most severely injured and then starting the triage system to sort the injured. In most of these disturbances the injuries are going to be trauma (blunt trauma, penetrating wounds, impaled objects and hemorrhaging). This course will concentrate on treating these types of injuries and helping the provider to feel more comfortable in treating these injuries and working in the triage system.

The course will be taught by Eric Stratton of STS Consulting/Tactical EMS.

To sign up for the course please go to Go to register, fill out all the information and under comments put WCC Grant Course.

Crime Scene Preservation for First Responders

This four hour training was developed for first responders, especially fire and EMS personnel, to help understand how to identify a crime scene and how to take appropriate actions to minimize contamination whole providing patient care.  There are four session in Western Mass. being offered.  Click on the link below for more information and to be able to register.

Crime Scene Preservation for First Responders – PDF flyer