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Lee Fire Station

8:00am to 5:00pm

WRHSAC’s series of Active Attack Integrated Response Trainings continues with a session on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 12 & 13, 2024, in Lee.

This 16-hour, performance-level, direct-delivery course aims to enhance collaboration among law enforcement, fire, dispatch, and emergency medical services (EMS) during active attack/shooter events. It introduces a model framework for Rescue Task Force (RTF) response.

Focused on elevating the safety and survivability of active attack/shooter event victims, the training also strives to enhance the efficiency, coordination, and resource integration among law enforcement, fire, dispatch, and EMS responders. Aligned with NFPA 3000, the Standard for an Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response (ASHER) program, this training prioritizes adherence to established guidelines.

The training is free. Application is required. Space is limited so apply soon!
The training is appropriate for law enforcement, fire and EMS.

Pittsfield and Holyoke

8:00am to 5:00pm

WRHSAC is offering four sessions of EMS Pediatric Acute Care training. Boston Medical Center’s Community Outreach Mobile Education Team’s (COMET) will facilitate the training. The training aims to bridge gaps within pediatric acute care by providing in-situ simulated training.

Each session is four hours long. Two sessions will be held on each of the following days. The first two sessions are on Thursday, February 1, 2024 in Holyoke. The final two sessions are on Friday, February 2, in Pittsfield. Session start times are 8:00am and 1:00pm. The trainings are open and appropriate for EMS. You need to be a licensed EMS to be an active participant. 

The training will prepare EMS for pediatric emergencies in all types of situations including trauma sustained during active shooter/hostile incidents and other emergencies. The training focuses not only on medical skills but also critical thinking and assessment required in complex response. Multiple simulations of a variety of incidents will be conducted in each day.

The training offers two levels of participation, first as an active player in a scenario and secondly as observer of scenarios and their subsequent hot washes. As an active participant you will role play in at least one of the day’s simulations. Each simulation will include 4 to 6 role players. When you aren’t a role player in a simulation, you will be an observer and can participate in the hot washes and ask questions. Remote observation via zoom is also offered for the Pittsfield sessions. As a remote observer you will have a bird’s eye view of the scenarios and hot washes. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions during the hot wash.

The training is free. Registration is required.

Registration for this training is now closed.

West Springfield

8:00am to 5:00pm

The Western Region Homeland Security Advisory Council in partnership with the Western Mass Fire Chiefs Association (WMFCA) and the Western Mass Chiefs of Police Association (WMCOPA) are hosting a series of Active Attack Integrated Response (AAIR) Trainings for the region.

The series begins with the AAIR Train-the-Trainer Course in November. This 40-hour performance level direct delivery course is designed to improve integration between law enforcement, fire, dispatch, and emergency medical services (EMS) in active attack/shooter events.

This Train-the-Trainer session is specifically for individuals who are willing and able to become AAIR instructors to teach fellow first responders throughout the region. The session will train law enforcement, fire, EMS, and dispatchers. Interested individuals from these four disciplines are invited to apply. (see below)

The course provides law enforcement officers with key medical skills based on Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC) guidelines, which can be used at the Point of Injury (POI) to increase survivability of victims.

The course also provides a model framework for law enforcement, fire, and EMS to integrate responses during an active attack/shooter incident through the Rescue Task Force (RTF) concept.

This training has been designed to improve the safety and survivability of victims of active attack/shooter events and increase the effectiveness, coordination, and resource integration between law enforcement, fire, telecommunications, and EMS when responding to these events.

The Train-the-Trainer course will be held Monday, November 13 through Friday, November 17, 2023 in West Springfield. The training is open to first responders in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampshire and Hampden Counties.

There are a limited number of student seats available for this train-the-trainer session. Applications will be accepted for review from the time of this announcement through noon, Wednesday, November 1, 2023. Applications will be reviewed by members of the WMFCA and WMPOCA. Final acceptance into the course will require approval from your employer. Seats for this course are delineated by discipline. Follow the appropriate link below to submit your application.

Registration for this training is closed. Thank you for your interest.

Further information regarding the remaining sessions of this training series will be announced in the coming months. This will be the only train-the-trainer session of this series. Any questions can be directed to Raine Brown, Homeland Security Program Manager.

 

Springfield

8:00am to 4:30pm

WRHSAC is offering Vehicle Lift, Stabilization and Extrication Training in Springfield on Wednesday and Thursday, October 25 and 26, 2023. 

The training is designed to challenge students with technically involved stabilization scenarios in order to build upon their skill set using strut & jack systems. Students will be introduced to the latest, most advanced equipment such as Res-q-jacks, Paratech Gold Struts, Rescue 42 and more as they deal with evolutions involving both light & heavy vehicles in compromising positions. Students will learn methods of vehicle stabilization and capturing to facilitate occupant extrication, without putting first responders at risk.

Scene Safety, Stabilization, Door /Roof Removals, Displacements, & Lifting / Capturing are just some of the components associated with a successful rescue operation when dealing with a confirmed vehicle pin. Remove any one of these, and the results could be disastrous for the victim and rescuers.

The training focus will be hands on learning, leading the students through rotations to simulate real life scenarios involving various motor vehicle collision scenarios.  Classroom style orientation will introduce concepts and equipment prior to hands on learning component of the training.

This is a two-day training. Students must be able to attend both days of the training.

The training is free. Registration is required. 

The training is open to first responders in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampshire and Hampden Counties.

Please complete the form below to register.

The class is full. Please complete the form below to be added to the waitlist. 

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One session per county in Western Mass

Lithium-Ion and other based batteries are becoming ubiquitous in everyday life, from batteries for small hand tools, to vehicles and large, wall mounted batteries for residential and commercial solar systems and more.  Over-charged hand-tool lithium batteries are causing residential fires and presenting other challenges. Batteries can also be used by terrorists and extremists as part of IEDs and other explosives and corrosive-base attacks.

Battery technology is rapidly changing, challenging first responders in maintaining awareness of the potential hazards when responding to battery related emergencies.

This 4-hour training provides first responder with necessary awareness related to battery incidents and provides key information for first responders who may encounter battery-based hazards as part of everyday response. Utilizing both didactic training and a variety of skill stations, the course will focus on topics such as battery construction and chemistry, hazard/risk assessment, response considerations and fire strategy and tactics. Case studies will be reviewed to emphasis learning.

Four sessions of the training will be held. One in each county at the following times and locations. The training is free. Registration is required. Complete the form below.

Wednesday, July 12, 2023. 12pm Noon to 4:00pm
Southwick Fire Department

Wednesday, July 12, 2023. 6:00pm to 10:00pm
South Deerfield Fire Department

Thursday, July 13, 2023, 12p noon to 4:00pm
Courtyard Marriott, Hadley, MA – This session is full. Please pick from one of the other three. 

Thursday, July 13, 2023, 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Great Barrington Fire Department

Choose the session you wish to attend as you register via the following form.

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Berkshire and Franklin Counties

The Western Region Homeland Security Advisory Council (WRHSAC) in partnership with Western Mass EMS (WMEMS) are hosting multiple training sessions that fulfill the practical training portion of Chapter 23 of the Acts of 2022 – commonly known as Nero’s Law. Sessions will be held in each of the four counties of western Massachusetts.

Two new training days are scheduled for Berkshire and Franklin County. 

  • Wednesday, January 3, 2024 at Berkshire Community College. Sessions at 1pm, 3pm and 5pm.  
  • Saturday, January 13, 2024 at JaDuke Theater in Turners Falls. Session at 9am, 11am and 1pm.

Update Friday, Jan 12 – Registration is closed for all sessions.

These will be the final sessions of the training prior to the February 10, 2024 deadline. We are working on coordinating training in Hampden County, however it likely won’t be until March 2024.

To learn more about the history of Nero’s Law and what to expect at the training, view this video WRHSAC created at a training session in Berkshire County in June 2023.

Per Nero’s Law, ambulance services in Massachusetts are required to assess, treat and transport police K9s injured in the line of duty. All certified EMTs (at all levels) must complete a training course of a minimum of 3 hours (1.5 hours didactic, 1.5 hours practical).

All students must complete the didactic training prior to attending a practical session. The didactic training is available online, on demand. To access the didactic training utilize the following link and passcode:

  • LMS Portal: https://cmemsc-training.org/login/ and take the following steps:
    • Click register and enter your email address and create password
    • Select “Mass EMS Region 1” and
    • Enter code: Reg1WMA-Nero

Bring a copy (paper or electronic) of a certificate of completion of the didactic training to the practical session.

All students will show the following skills for successful completion of the practical training:

  • Demonstrate appropriate assessment, restraint (muzzling) and low-stress handling of injured animals, including the selection and use of commercial and improvised muzzles.
    • Discuss appropriate indications, contraindications, and technique for muzzle application
  • Identify relevant anatomic structures in police K9s and differences from human anatomy
  • Perform physical exam to non-police dog canine, including primary survey/ M3ARCH2 algorithm and to identify trauma (DCAP-BTLS).
  • Demonstrate appropriate pulse checks and vital signs measurement in non-police dog canine.
  • Assess for life threatening bleeding and provide appropriate hemorrhage control interventions, including the use of hemostatic dressings and non-windless style tourniquet devices.
  • Assess for airway obstructions and perform basic life support maneuvers for clearance and to maintain patency.
  • Identify and appropriately manage chest trauma, including the use of occlusive dressings, if razor to shave fur is carried on the ambulance.
  • Identify and appropriately manage shock.
  • Demonstrate assessment and management of cardiac arrest in canines, in accordance with current CPR guidelines, including chest compressions, ventilations using bag valve mask and post resuscitation care.

1.5 OEMS credits will be awarded upon completion.

Virtual

2:00pm to 3:00pm

Frontline personnel regularly encounter people who present as hostile or readily escalate to hostile with minimal stimulus.

This free training series will provide:

  • De-escalation techniques
  • Strategies to prevent disruption
  • Strategies to manage challenging group dynamics
  • Techniques to support frontline personnel dealing with hostility and aggression

The series consists of three one-hour virtual workshops held on consecutive Wednesdays in February 2023. The training is free. Registration is required.

 

Working with Challenging One-on-One Frontline Interactions

Wednesday, February 8, 2023, 2:00 – 3:00 pm

 

Working in Challenging Group/Community Settings

Wednesday, February 15, 2023, 2:00 – 3:00 pm

 

Supporting Others Dealing with Challenging Dynamics

Wednesday, February 22, 2023, 2:00 – 3:00 pm

 

These sessions are applicable to first responders, municipal officials, hospital personnel, front-line and essential workers, and supervisors. Please share this training with your colleagues, supervisors, staff and others who may be interested.

Virtual

2:00pm to 3:00pm

Frontline personnel regularly encounter people who present as hostile or readily escalate to hostile with minimal stimulus.

This free training series will provide:

  • De-escalation techniques
  • Strategies to prevent disruption
  • Strategies to manage challenging group dynamics
  • Techniques to support frontline personnel dealing with hostility and aggression

The series consists of three one-hour virtual workshops held on consecutive Wednesdays in February 2023. The training is free. Registration is required.

 

Working with Challenging One-on-One Frontline Interactions

Wednesday, February 8, 2023, 2:00 – 3:00 pm

 

Working in Challenging Group/Community Settings

Wednesday, February 15, 2023, 2:00 – 3:00 pm

 

Supporting Others Dealing with Challenging Dynamics

Wednesday, February 22, 2023, 2:00 – 3:00 pm

 

These sessions are applicable to first responders, municipal officials, hospital personnel, front-line and essential workers, and supervisors. Please share this training with your colleagues, supervisors, staff and others who may be interested.

Virtual

2:00pm to 3:00pm Consecutive Wednesdays in February 2023

Frontline personnel are regularly encountering people who present as hostile or readily escalate to hostile with minimal stimulus.

This training series will provide:

  • De-escalation techniques
  • Strategies to prevent disruption
  • Strategies to manage challenging group dynamics
  • Techniques to support frontline personnel dealing with hostility and aggression and more

This is WRHSAC’s second offering of this popular series. Please join us for one or more of these informative sessions.

The trainings are free. Registration is required. Please complete the form below to register.

  1. Workshop #1 – Working with Challenging One-on-one Frontline Interactions
    Wednesday, February 8, 2023, 2:00 to 3:00pm via Zoom 

 Proposed audience: People on the front lines, at front desks/reception, first on scene, etc. who deal with individuals initially refusing to respect policies or guidelines, expressing some degree of hostility or aggression, demanding immediate responses, etc.

 Objectives: Introduce approaches to de-escalation; identify and practice key de-escalation techniques.

  1. Workshop #2 – Working in Challenging Group/Community Settings
    Wednesday, February 15, 2023 2:00 to 3:00pm via Zoom 

Proposed audience: People organizing group meetings or events, people potentially dealing with multiple challenging interactions with irritated/aggressive people simultaneously

Objectives: Introduce techniques for designing and facilitating meetings or events to prevent disruption; discuss approaches to handling challenging group dynamics.

 

  1. Workshop #3 – Supporting Others Dealing with Challenging Dynamics
    Wednesday, February 22, 2023, 2:00 to 3:00pm via Zoom

Proposed audience: Both people who want to support peers/colleagues dealing with challenging interactions, and people who can impact workplace structures, processes and culture

Objectives: Introduce techniques for third-party intervention to support peers or colleagues dealing with hostility or aggression; explore ways our businesses/organizations/institutions can support front-line workers dealing with challenges.

These sessions are applicable to first responders, municipal officials, hospital personnel, front-line and essential workers, and supervisors. Please share this training with your colleagues, supervisors, staff and others who may be interested.

Please complete the following form to register.

You may register for one, two or all of the sessions. A link to participate will be provided to you in a confirmation email.

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Eastampton Fire Department, 32 Payson Ave, Easthampton MA

8:30am to 5:30pm

The Western Region Homeland Security Advisory Council is offering two sessions of Advanced Medical Life Support. The first session will be held on Monday and Tuesday, January 30 & 31, 2023. The second session on Saturday and Sunday, February 25 & 26, 2023. Both sessions will be held at Easthampton Fire Department.

The training is free. Registration is required. Complete the form below. 

NOTE: Registration is now at capacity. You are welcome to join the waitlists by completing the form below.

Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS) remains the gold standard of education for emergency medical assessment and treatment. Endorsed by the National Association of EMS Physicians, AMLS emphasizes the use of the AMLS Assessment Pathway, a systematic tool for assessing and managing common medical conditions with urgent accuracy.

In the third edition of AMLS, students learn to recognize and manage common medical crises through realistic case-based scenarios that challenge students to apply their knowledge to highly critical patients.  The course emphasizes the use of scene size-up, first impression, history, interactive group discussion on differential diagnosis and potential treatment strategies, and physical exam to systematically rule out and consider possibilities and probabilities in treating patients’ medical crises. The third edition AMLS library of patient simulations offers students an opportunity to apply critical thinking skills to a variety of patient presentations.

The course covers the following topics:

  • Respiratory disorders
  • Cardiovascular disorders
  • Shock
  • Sepsis
  • Neurological disorders
  • Endocrine/Metabolic disorders
  • Environmental emergencies
  • Infectious disease
  • Abdominal disorders
  • Toxicological emergencies
  • Exposure to hazardous materials

AMLS is appropriate for EMTs, AEMT’s, and Paramedics, and is accredited by CAPCE for 16 hours of CE.

Once accepted into the program you will receive additional information directly from Community911 Training Inc., the course facilitator with important steps to complete your registration for this course. Failure to complete the directions from Comminity911 will forfeit your seat in the class. 

Complete this form to register:

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