Firelands Regional Medical Center Hosting Hospital Emergency Response Training
(September 5, 2019 – Sandusky, Ohio) Firelands Regional Medical Center (FRMC) will be hosting an extensive hospital emergency response training at the main hospital campus from September 4-6, 2019. They will be joined by six instructors from the federal Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) in Anniston, Alabama.
There will be 20 FRMC employees participating in the training, as well as 14 individuals from regional partner hospitals and organizations. There will be training-related activity around the hospital including raising decontamination tents and participants working in decontamination suits. This will culminate in a full scale exercise involving mock victims on September 6, 2019.
Sarah Henkel, director of safety and security at Firelands Regional Medical Center, said “We are really excited to be hosting this large-scale emergency training. The more often we can have hands-on practice and simulate real-world disasters, the better. The CDP team travels extensively, but they have never brought this particular training program to Northern Ohio, so we are really fortunate to have them.”
The CDP is operated by the United States Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency and is the only federally-chartered Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) training facility in the nation. They provided training to more than 23,000 first responders and first receivers in 2018. The training at FRMC will focus on mass casualty response, chemical and biological agent hazards, decontamination best practices and disaster preparedness.