Senior Honors Projects, 2010-current

Date of Award

Spring 2016

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (BS)

Department

Department of Integrated Science and Technology

Advisor(s)

Dr. Ronald Raab

Abstract

Major emergency incidents occur without any notice and can cause extreme disorder and confusion. The hospital in Harrisonburg, Virginia, Sentara Rockingham Memorial, has created a Hospital Emergency Response Team (HERT) that will be prepared to respond to major incidents in order to create an Emergency Treatment Area that will triage, decontaminate, and transport patients. An agency that operates closely with the HERT is Harrisonburg Rescue Squad. The Rescue Squad is the first response to the scene of disasters, therefore it is important for them to be prepared for any emergency situation. In order to create uniformity between the Rescue Squad and the Hospital Emergency Response Team, training programs, developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), were offered to members of the Rescue Squad as a means to increase their education and preparedness for disasters. An Awareness-160 and a Hospital Emergency Response Team class were offered to the members. These classes were found to be effective for medical professionals and JMU students. This community-related project was successful at increasing the education of the Rescue Squad as well as the general public to be prepared for major incidents that may occur in the community.

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