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Health care, emergency teams plan training for WMD attack

Posted: May 28, 2008 1:06 a.m.
Updated: July 29, 2008 5:02 a.m.

Local health care workers and emergency responders are encouraged to take a three-day training course at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital to learn how to respond if a weapons of mass destruction disaster strikes the region.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will be funding the course that will teach local emergency personnel how to respond to disasters involving chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive weapons.

Participants will use hands-on scenarios to practice critical thinking skills. The course stresses an "all hazards" approach to disaster response.

The program, titled EMS Operations and Planning for Weapons of Mass Destruction, runs from June 16 to June 18. The course is designed for paramedics and emergency medical technicians, fire department and HazMat personnel, law enforcement, public health personnel, emergency management, and hospital management including doctors, nurses and technicians.

Participants must complete two free online courses at prior to applying to the program.

Contact Newhall Memorial emergency planners Terry Stone at (661) 253-8542 or Robert Hill at (661) 253-8524 for information and program registration forms. Registration deadline in June 1.


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