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Mass Fatality Response Training Announced

August 13, 2012

In a small town, the windows in the houses rattle late at night, waking most out of their sleep. They wake, unfortunately, to tragedy, as a large commuter flight has fallen from the sky, crashing just on the outskirts of the town. Rural emergency responders have been dispatched to handle any damage to infrastructure to the surrounding area, but all of the passengers were killed in the crash and the local hospital only has fifteen additional beds and one morgue with room for eighteen deceased. Two hundred and eleven passengers did not survive when the plane crashed. So what does the local area do? How do they handle the proper care needed for that many deceased? The challenges are difficult, but manageable with proper training and preparedness.

This 8-hour awareness-level, instructor-led course is designed to prepare rural first responders and officials with the basic knowledge, skills and abilities to manage a mass fatality incident impacting their jurisdiction. Target audience includes first responders, coroners/medical examiners, public health officials, and others with responsibilities during a mass fatality incident. Issues addressed include establishing roles and responsibilities, handling family assistance issues, recovering and identifying human remains , managing diversity issues, developing mass fatality plans and identifying federal, state, and local response resources.

In the event of a mass casualty event, rural areas are typically unprepared for the influx of deceased whose remains need to be stored and cared for. This course will provide guidelines and best practices for setting up, securing and operating a temporary morgue.

For more information on AWR 232 Mass Fatalities Planning & Response for Rural Communities, see the course detail page. To request this or any RDPC training, call (877) 855-7372 or complete the training request form.