EMS World

MAR 2018

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26 MARCH 2018 | EMSWORLD.com A s high-profile mass-casualty inci- dents (MCIs) continue to afflict communities across the coun- try, first responders continually need to enhance their response efforts to efficiently de-escalate and manage these events. Louisiana State University's National Center for Biomedical Research and Train - ing (LSU/NCBRT) aims to fulfill that need by holding incident management courses designed for first responders. EMS World recently attended two of these courses held in New Jersey: "Critical Decision Making for Complex Coordinated Attacks" (CCAs) and "A Prepared Jurisdic- tion: Integrated Response to a CBRNE Inci- dent" (CBRNE). Paul Maniscalco, MPA, EMT-P, and James Covington, emergency ser vices trainer and lead instructor for LSU, were among the instructors who led the CCA course, which focuses on training first responders in resource management, incident com- mand, and interagency collaboration dur- ing complex coordinated attacks. According to the NCBRT CCA partici- pant guide, a complex coordinated attack is defined as an event that "involve[s] mul- tiple threats that often exceed conventional response tactics" and "require[s] a joint response involving members from various disciplines and jurisdictions." The main objective of the course is to emphasize resource management rather than focusing on individual performance. "Because it is a complex coordinated inci- dent, it's absolutely crucial that resources become managed as early as possible so we're putting the right resources in the right places," says Covington. A Collaborative Effort While most public safety agencies are capable of handling incidents in their own capacities, they often don't rehearse their plans with other disciplines or plan for multiple concurrent attacks, resulting in a lack of interagency cohesion during MCI operations. "This course was designed to help rem- By Valerie Amato To manage complex incidents, responders must break down barriers and work as a team KEEP CALM AND COLLABORATE

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