Emergency Medical Service
ISRT will sit down with you to develop an on-going training program for your department focusing on skills maintenance mandated refresher training, and professional development. Once a program of training is agreed upon by your organization, ISRT's staff will ease your training burden by providing all instruction and maintaining your membership's attendance records at the training sessions.
Although classroom lectures will be necessary for some programs, ISRT's philosophy is to provide a "hands-on" training approach. Modules can range from basic fire fighting task competencies to advanced multi-disciplinary technical evolutions involving multiple company responses.
Speciality courses can be integrated into the routine drill sessions to afford members an opportunity to obtain instruction in a more formalized program during the convenience of their normally scheduled training night.
ISRT's staff is able to provide a number of speciality programs to enhance your member's professional development. A listing of the more popular programs is provided below. However, should you have an interest in an area of training not mentioned, check with an ISRT professional to assist you with your program needs.
- Patient decontamination - field techniques
- Hazardous materials for EMS - awareness, operations, technician
- Respiratory protection, to include self-contained breathing apparatus
- Fire extinguisher training
- Air monitoring for emergency services
- Emergency response to carbon monoxide incidents
- Incident Command Systems
- Multi-disciplinary rescue practices
ISRT provides a variety of administrative services to assist your organization stay in compliance with nationally recognized standards, which allows your membership focus to focus on its primary mission . . . Saving lives!
- Developing standard operating guides (SOG's)
- Establishing a Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan, to include "Designated Officer"
- Conducting a departmental audit of safety programs including a detailed plan outlining steps to achieving compliance
- Developing your "Hazard Communication/Right to Know" program, to include annual inventory and employee training
- Establishing your Tuberculosis Exposure Control Plan, including employee training and respirator use
- Instituting your Respiratory Protection Program in compliance with OSHA 29CFR1910.134
Customized services are available. For more information, contact us with your needs.
Did you realize that:
- Surgical masks do not provide respiratory protection from chemicals
- Bloodborne protective clothing is not a chemical barrier
- Chemicals will pass through latex exam gloves
- Water can not be used to decontaminate all patients and may cause adverse or violent reactions
- Emergency response crews have become ill from treating chemically contaminated patients
- Emergency response vehicles have been taken out of service for extended periods of time while being decontaminated
Why this program?
The Superfund Amendments Reauthorization Act (SARA) has indicated that emergency responders would be subject to hazardous waste and emergency response regulations (29CFR1910.120/40CFR Part 311) in handling a chemically contaminated patient. In addition to having a written plan and appropriate equipment, emergency responders are expected to be trained to the level they are expected to preform.
At a minimum, response crews who will be performing patient decontamination or treating superficially decontaminated patients should meet the requirements of First Responder Operations Level. Other staff not actively involved in decontamination, but still a part of the response system should be trained to the First Responder Operations Level. Crews that may happen upon a hazardous materials spill and who will withdraw should be trained to the First Responder Awareness Level.
Likewise, the National Fire Protection Association has developed "Competencies for EMS Personnel Responding to Hazardous Materials Incidents" (NFPA 473). This standard identifies specific levels of training, along with specific performance objectives for EMS members who respond to hazardous materials incidents.
This program is designed to assist emergency response organizations meet these, as well as other emergency preparedness requirements.
Field Decontamination - Operations Level (9 hours)
(Pre-requisite: HazMat Awareness Level)
An overview of each 3 hour module is listed below. Note: Individuals providing proof of current certification at the HazMat Operations Level may bypass module 1.
- Chemical hazards and toxicology
- Familiarization and use of hazardous material resources
- Basic incident management and control
- Chemical monitoring equipment (familiarization)
- Chemical protective clothing (hands-on donning/doffing)
- Decontamination protocols
- Field decontamination scenarios (Hands-on implementation)
Course content will be structured to include your organization's response procedures, where appropriate. Also, training modules can be presented in a variety of time formats to meet the scheduling needs of your members.
ISRT will relieve your training burden by helping you develop a comprehensive drill program tailored to the needs of your membership. Once agreed upon, ISRT's staff of professionals will come to your site and conduct all of the training sessions for you.
Other speciality programs include:
- HazMat Leak & Spill Protocols
- HazMat Awareness, Operations, Technician
- EMS Integration with Hazardous Materials Teams
- HazMat Annual Refresher
- Fire Extinguishers - Hands on
- Incident Command System & Officer Training Courses
ISRT can also assist you with:
- Disaster and Contingency Planning
- Safety Audits/Program Review
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