NCSP Develops EMS Special Situations Course for Delivery at the SPTC

19 July, 2012

The National Center for Security & Preparedness (NCSP), in partnership with the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) and the New York State Department of Health EMS Bureau, has begun development of a variety of courses for emergency medical services (EMS) personnel. The courses are designed for delivery at the State Preparedness Training Center (SPTC) in Oriskany, NY.

Work on these courses kicked off in June with a two-day curriculum development meeting hosted at the SPTC. A group of the nation's leaders in EMS, tactical EMS, military medicine, and hospital administration advised New York State how to best prepare EMS through scenario-based training.

From the meeting, the EMS Special Situations Course was crafted. The course provides training for EMS personnel to respond to calls involving extraordinarily complex circumstances that are not encountered during a routine response. These situations often involve multiple patients with imminent and changing physical hazards, violent subjects, and difficult operating environments. Such special situations require EMS personnel to liaise with other agencies, establish their own incident commands, assess and evaluate the safety of scenes involving "high threat" circumstances, and employ advanced medical techniques necessary to manage these complex scenarios.

This training is designed to develop skills in advanced techniques through instruction, practice, and practical scenario based activities. The scenarios that comprise this course present participants with circumstances that exceed the capabilities of a single EMS unit and require effective situational awareness, scene assessment, communication and coordination, teamwork, and decision making. Although complex responses are atypical in many local jurisdictions, the situations are designed to expose participants to scenario-based activities that invoke skills EMS personnel have trained and prepared for, but do not experience on a regular basis.

The pilot delivery of the course is slated for August 25-26, 2012 at the SPTC.

Other EMS courses in development in 2012 include EMS High Threat Scenarios and Tactical EMS.