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John W. Olver Transit Center, 12 Olive Street, Greenfield, MA

9:00 am to 4:00 pm

The Western Region Homeland Security Advisory Council presents Handheld GPS Unit Training on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. The training will be conducted at the John W. Olver Transit Center, 12 Olive Street Greenfield.

On-site registration begins at 8:30 am. The training will begin promptly at 9:00 am and be completed by 4:00 pm.

This is a performance level training for the operation and use of Handheld GPS units, specifically the Garmin Oregon 650 & Rino 655T.

The training will include an overview of GPS unit setup and functions, and applicable uses such as culvert and debris documentation, critical infrastructure location data,  and search and rescue. The training will include both classroom lecture and demonstration and in-field unit use.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own GPS unit as long as it is a Garmin Oregon 650 or Rino 655T. Some GPS units will be available for use at the training.

The training is free and food will be provided.

Registration is required. To register complete the following form:

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

9:00am to 5:00pm

The Western Region Homeland Security Advisory Council offers Warm Zone Operations/Triage Prioritization Training on Wednesday & Thursday, June 28 & 29, 2017. The training will be held at The Red Barn at Hampshire College, 893 West Street, Amherst, MA. This is a two-day training. You must attend both days to receive a certificate.

This two -day training will provide participants with performance level training in Warm Zone operations. The focus will be on cross-discipline coordination on scene, to include EMS, Fire and Police. Tactical formations, communication, team integrity, and more will be included.  Special focus will be given to wound assessment and triage prioritization. The first day will be lecture format, with drills and scenarios being practiced on day 2.

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

14 Hours of OEMS Credits have been approved for this training.

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

To register please complete this form. All registrants will be placed on waitlist and will receive email notice of acceptance.

Warm Zone Triage Training

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, 375 Church Street, North Adams, MA

9:00 am to 4:30 pm

The Western Region Homeland Security Advisory Council will host a Pediatric Psychological First Aid (PFA) Training on Monday, June 26, 2017 at the Church Street Center, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, North Adams, 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.

Pediatric Psych First Aid

Church Street Center, MCLA Campus, 375 Church Street, North Adams, 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.

5 hours of OEMS credits, including .5 NCCR Tourniquet/Hemorrhage Control requirement, are approved for this training.

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

This session of the training is being held at The Church Street Center of MCLA, 375 Church Street Center, North Adams, MA on Tuesday, June 13. 

To register for this session please complete the form below.

Stop the Bleed June 13

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.

Topics:

·          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

Pan Flu Planning Subcommittee Meeting Change

The WRHSAC Pan Flu Planning Subcommittee is changing their standing meeting time. The new meeting time will be at 9am on the first Tuesday of every month. This change will begin on January 3, 2017. The meeting location is Department of Public Health, 23 Service Center Road, Northampton, MA. This meeting is conducted in accordance with Massachusetts General Laws Open Meeting laws.

The December Pan Flu Planning meeting will be on Wednesday, December 7, at 2PM, Department of Public Health, 23 Service Center Road, Northampton, MA.

WMEMS, 168 Industrial Drive, Northampton, MA

10:00 am

WRHSAC Meeting

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.

Topics:

  • 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

Prerequisites

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

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

Location

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.

September 20th Meetings Cancelled

The Western Region Homeland Security Advisory Council is mourning the loss of Linda Moriarty, our EMS representative, long-time member of the Council. She will be greatly missed. Funeral services for Ms. Moriarty will be held on Tuesday, September 20th. Due to this all WRHSAC meetings schedule for that day have been cancelled. A reschedule date will be announced soon.

Our sincerest condolences to Ms. Moriarty’s family and dearest loved ones.

Spontaneous Unaffiliated Volunteers Training Series

WRHSAC announces the availability of the Spontaneous and Unaffiliated Volunteer (SUV) Training Toolkit. This toolkit is designed to provide the resources necessary to effectively plan for and safely operate a volunteer management system based on the Incident Command System (ICS).  This planning and training series was developed by Berkshire Regional Planning Commission under guidance and direction from WRHSAC and local response partners. Click here to review the toolkit and related materials.