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Mass Casualty Incidents: First Due Lessons Learned from Storms, School Buses & September 11th


We all know the first few moments set the path for the entire incident. Today, any emergency responder might find themselves first on scene at a mass casualty incident. Because of this, it is crucial to understand the core concepts of forward movement of patients. Students will learn “first due” command and control for large and small-scale mass casualty incidents and apply these principles through role-play and scenarios using the instructor’s personal experiences from large scale incidents including Hurricane Andrew and 9/11. This dynamic program covers fundamental aspects of Triage, Treatment and Transportation in a simple, down-to-earth way so for responders to maintain forward movement of patients.

Teaching Formats:



-Interactive Role Play

-Question and Answer

Learning Objectives: Students will learn:

-The importance of the role of each first responder at any multi casualty incident.

-The core principles of MCI management and how they can be applied through a variety of triage and MCI management systems.

-The differences and similarities between large and small impact MCIs.

-The importance of maintaining the functions of Incident Command and MCI management in the face of chaos and freelancing.

-Different methods of application of the core principles of MCI management to different sizes and structures of EMS and fire service organizations.

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