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N. Calif. Emergency responders, healthcare professionals participate in FEMA mass casualty training

Posted by on Feb 14, 2014 in Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, Sutter Roseville Medical Center | 0 comments


Center for Domestic Preparedness training center in Anniston, Alabama

Center for Domestic Preparedness training center in Anniston, Alabama

ANNISTON, Al. – Emergency responders, public health specialists and healthcare professionals from across Northern California, including Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento and Sutter Roseville Medical Center, are better prepared to respond to major natural or manmade disasters following an intensive, week-long training at the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP), Feb. 8-14.

 The Northern California students ranged from paramedics to public health specialists. The center offered four separate courses, depending on the responders’ area of expertise. The students trained within their classes the first four days. During that time, they learned advanced response techniques, hazardous material decontamination procedures and emergency operations. On Friday, the 158 students came together to participate in an integrated capstone event or ICE respond to an earthquake that precipitated a mass casualty event.

 Specifically, the Northern California ICE scenario involved an earthquake hitting a fictional city. The earthquake damage caused a release of hazardous material that resulted in more than 300 injured people needing triage and treatment. The center uses role players, human-patient simulators (robotic mannequins) and mannequins to simulate the victims the responders must triage, treat and transport. As the incident unfolds, emergency responders in the four different courses had to work together to save lives and rescue survivors from the incident.

 “The training at the CDP is one of the best training experiences I have ever had. I have coordinated varying trainings here at the center not only for my healthcare system but healthcare systems in Northern California,” said student Erik Angle, the Emergency Preparedness Program Coordinator for the Sutter Roseville Medical Center in Roseville, Calif. “Training together lets you not only network with individuals from the region but allows you to meet the ones you may actually call on for help in a disaster.”

 The CDP provides emergency responders and receivers with necessary skills to respond to and manage incidents.  This training provides the tools needed to protect America’s responders from contaminated crime scenes or accidents, and effectively save lives.  The center offers 40 plus courses designed for all emergency response disciplines. 

 CDP has trained 107,082 California emergency responders in the resident, non-resident and “Train the trainer” courses.  Nonresident means instructors go to California to train and Train the trainer means we’ve trained the hometown instructors and then they go back and teach the classes using CDP course material. More than 12,900 California emergency responders have graduated resident CDP training courses in the center’s 15-year history.

 CDP training is fully funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for state, local and tribal responders.  Round-trip air and ground transportation, lodging, and meals are provided at no cost to responders or their agency or jurisdiction. For more information about training at FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness, visit or


Posted by on Feb 14, 2014 in Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, Sutter Roseville Medical Center | 0 comments

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