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Web Site Helps Combat Terrorism

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The course provides information about characteristics and types of agents that might be encountered, assessment and treatment of contaminated casualties, potential targets, and personal protective equipment. The Kentucky Cabinet for Health Services funded the program through a Homeland Security grant.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 27, 2003) -- The Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center (KIPRC) at the University of Kentucky and the Kentucky Department for Public Health have developed “EMS Response to Terrorism – Awareness Level Training for Bioterrorism,” an online course that provides first responders with basic bioterrorism information.

“There’s every reason to believe biological agents could be used by terrorists,” said Mark Schneider, director of technology at KIPRC and member of the Kentucky Terrorism Response and Preparedness program.

“First responders are our front line in combating an actual bioterrorism event. Our mandate is to provide these responders with effective and easily accessible training to meet these events,” Schneider said.

The course provides information about characteristics and types of agents that might be encountered, assessment and treatment of contaminated casualties, potential targets, and personal protective equipment. The Kentucky Cabinet for Health Services funded the program through a Homeland Security grant.

“We are excited about the development of this course and its online availability to EMS personnel and other first responders across the Commonwealth,” said Charles M. O’Neal, deputy executive director, Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services.

“We feel that it will be an excellent tool to help educate and prepare health care and emergency response personnel to respond to incidents involving or potentially involving weapons of mass destruction,” said O’Neal.

The Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services has assigned the course the equivalent of four hours of continuing education credit; one hour for disaster management; one hour for patient assessment; and two hours for medical emergencies.

This program is now available to the public. The course can be found at www.kiprc.uky.edu/trap/. Other questions regarding the program can be directed by e-mail to mark1@email.uky.edu.


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