EMI replaced its Incident Command System (ICS) curricula with courses that meet the requirements specified in the National Incident Management System (NIMS). These individuals come from the medical and emergency response community as well as the private sector. Contact your local emergency manager to learn about the local education and training opportunities available to you.
As the session progresses, the instructor begins to explore an expanded response role for civilians in that they should begin to consider themselves disaster workers.
The volunteers train to respond to communities impacted by disasters that result in the paralysis or destruction of the healthcare infrastructure.
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates individuals about disaster preparedness and trains and organizes teams of volunteers that can support their communities during disasters. Issues addressed include establishing roles and responsibilities, assets management, remains processing and identification, diversity issues and development of a mass fatality plan that affect the construct of a mass fatality response.

OSU also provides an academic setting to enhance disaster preparedness and management training for students, community members and Team Rubicon volunteers. Session III, DISASTER MEDICAL OPERATIONS PART I: Participants practice diagnosing and treating airway obstruction, bleeding, and shock by using simple triage and rapid treatment techniques. Session IV, DISASTER MEDICAL OPERATIONS, PART II: Covers evaluating patients by doing a head to toe assessment, establishing a medical treatment area, performing basic first aid, and practicing in a safe and sanitary manner. Session VI, DISASTER PSYCHOLOGY AND TEAM ORGANIZATION: Covers signs and symptoms that might be experienced by the disaster victim and worker. The point of all this training to eliminate confusion by offering up a standardized approach to disaster response. IMERT, the Illinois Medical Emergency Response Team, is comprised of hundreds of volunteers from every region of the state. The IMERT program is multi-faceted and is capable of a flexible, scalable medical response.

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. The CERT Program offers training in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, and disaster medical operations. The course includes six modules: CERT Basics, Fire Safety, Hazardous Material and Terrorist Incidents, Disaster Medical Operations, and Search and Rescue, and Course Summary. To become a CERT volunteer, one must complete the classroom training offered by a local government agency such as the emergency management agency, fire or police department. OSU DIRT enables a community of veterans, service-oriented students and first responders with a framework to organize, train and prepare for all types of disasters.

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