MA-TF1 hosted the FEMA/US&R Medical Specialist Course on May 15th through May 19th, 2017.
This course is designed to provide the student with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform medical assessment, stabilization, and supervision of patient extrication at structural collapses due to natural disasters or terrorist incidents. This course includes multiple hands-on skill scenarios that include dealing with injuries consistent with structural collapse incidents. A heavy focus is placed on providing sustained medical care in a confined space and structural collapse environment.
The course also provides information and training on search canine veterinary care as Medical specialists are likely the first to treat injured search canines during a disaster. This course includes a realistic night exercise in an engineered rubble pile at our facility in Beverly, MA.