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            [post_content] => 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.

OEMS credits (7 hours) have been approved for all levels of EMT.

Registration for this course is closed.
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            [post_content] => 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.

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            [post_content] => The WRHSAC Anti-Terrorism Exercise Series 2015 will bring together the four counties of western Massachusetts to improve preparedness for and response to a terrorist threat. Four tabletop exercises will be held, one in each county. Save the date for your county:
  • Berkshire County, Wednesday, April 8, 2015, Country Club of Pittsfield, 639 South St., Pittsfield, MA 8a-3p REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR BERKSHIRE COUNTY EXERCISE
  • Franklin County, Tuesday, April 28, 2015, French King Restaurant, 129 French King Highway, Erving, MA 8a -3p  REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR THE FRANKLIN COUNTY EXERCISE
  • Hampden County, Tuesday, May 12, 2015, Castle of Knights, 1599 Memorial Drive, Chicopee, MA, 8a - 3p - REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR THE HAMPDEN COUNTY EXERCISE
  • Hampshire County, Thursday, May 14, 2015, Hadley Farms Meeting House, 41 Russell St (Rt. 9), Hadley, MA, 8a - 3p, REGISTRATION IS CLOSED FOR HAMPSHIRE COUNTY
The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) National Protection and Programs Directorate’s (NPPD) Office of Infrastructure (IP) Sector Outreach and Program Division (SOPD) is planning and facilitating the exercise series. A planning group consisting of first responders from multiple disciplines throughout western Massachusetts, MEMA, MSP, Regional Hazmat Response Team, Northwest Massachusetts Incident Management Team, DPH, FBI, Pan Am and CSX Railroads and others have been working with DHS to develop the exercise scenario, goals and objectives.   [post_title] => WRHSAC Anti-Terrorism Tabletop Exercise Series 2015 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => wrhsac-anti-terrorism-tabletop-exercise-series-2015 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2015-05-11 12:53:28 [post_modified_gmt] => 2015-05-11 16:53:28 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://wrhsac.org/?p=4066 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 ) [3] => stdClass Object ( [ID] => 3967 [post_author] => 5 [post_date] => 2014-12-23 10:07:18 [post_date_gmt] => 2014-12-23 15:07:18 [post_content] => Homemade explosives and clandestine drug production incidents are increasing throughout the Commonwealth. Police, Fire, EMS and Public Health are often the first to encounter these operations. This training will provide guidance on how to identify these hazards, what agencies to call and how to protect themselves and the public.

The following topics will be discussed: • Homemade explosives manufacturing • Methamphetamine "One Pot" production • Marijuana grow operations • Butane hash oil production

One session will be offered in each county of Western Massachusetts. Registration is required. The trainings is free. Click one of the links below to register for a class. OEMS Continuing Education Credits are available Berkshire County Wednesday, January 7, 2015 6:00pm to 10:00pm Elm's Classroom, Hillcrest Campus 165 Tor Court Pittsfield, MA Hampshire County Wednesday, January 14, 2015 8:00am to 12:00pm (noon) UMass Police Department 585 East Pleasant St Amherst, MA Hampden County Thursday, January 22, 2015 8:00am to 12:00pm (noon) MEMA 1002 Suffield Street Agawam, MA Click here to register for Agawam Session Franklin County Saturday, January 31, 2015 8:00am to 12:00pm (noon) Stinchfield Hall (North 335) One College Drive Greenfield, MA Click here to register for Greenfield Session [post_title] => Hazmat Emerging Trends for First Responders [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => open [post_password] => [post_name] => hazmat-emerging-trends-for-first-responders [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2015-01-20 11:59:58 [post_modified_gmt] => 2015-01-20 16:59:58 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://wrhsac.org/?p=3967 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 ) )
Upcoming Training and Exercises Date
Pediatric Psychological First Aid TrainingWhere: Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, 375 Church Street, North Adams, MA Monday, June 26th, 2017 @ 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Warm Zone Operations / Triage Prioritization TrainingWhere: The Red Barn at Hampshire College, 893 West Street, Amherst, MA Wednesday, June 28th, 2017 @ 9:00am to 5:00pm
WRHSAC Anti-Terrorism Tabletop Exercise Series 2015Where: Multiple Locations & Dates Wednesday, April 8th, 2015 @ 8:00 to 3:00 pm
Hazmat Emerging Trends for First RespondersWhere: Multiple Locations Wednesday, January 7th, 2015