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HRMC to hosts HazMat/WMD Incidents Course in Tullahoma

Posted on Friday, October 24, 2014 at 11:20 am

Making plans for next week’s course pictured from Harton Regional Medical Center:  Chris Beckstead, RN, ED Clinical Manager; Belinda King, RN, Infection Prevention; and seated, Kathy Beckett, ED Director. (Photo Provided)

Making plans for next week’s course pictured from Harton Regional Medical Center: Chris Beckstead, RN, ED Clinical Manager; Belinda King, RN, Infection Prevention; and seated, Kathy Beckett, ED Director. (Photo Provided)

Emergency Medical Services, law enforcement, fire service, public works, public safety, communications, hospital personnel and other first responders will be attending the “Operational Level Response to HazMat / WMD Incidents” course on October 28, 29, and 30, 2014 hosted by and held at Harton Regional Medical Center.

The attendees will be given the opportunity to learn about resources and techniques unique for the personal protection challenges they may face during a weapon of mass destruction (WMD)/terrorist incident or a hazardous materials incident.  Major course topics include assessing WMD hazards, predicting the likely behavior of WMD materials, effectively operating and communicating in a unified command structure of the Incident Command System, personal protective equipment needs, performing emergency decontamination, and identifying defensive strategies for a WMD incident

“We began planning for this training long before the infectious disease threat came to the United States,” states Kathy Beckett, RN, HRMC ED Director. “This course is offered by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) through a grant by Homeland Security.”  She adds, “We have attendees registered who are from surrounding hospitals, EMS, EMA, fire and police departments, but we still have a few spots remaining.”

If you are interested in registering or finding out more about this free training course, contact Kathy Beckett, RN, HRMC ED Director at 931-393-7858 or Kathy.beckett@hma.com.  To find out more about Harton Regional Medical Center, visit their web site at hartonmedicalcenter.com.

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