From: Jeffrey Lewin <jclewin**At_Symbol_Here**MTU.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Leadership emergency response training?
Date: Tue, 1 May 2018 13:35:21 +0000
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I'm new to this having just completed my ICS 300 and 400 training last month and have never been on an active incident. But, some of the things that come to mind:

A solid "Delegation of Authority" document between the Exec Team and the ICT seems crucial.

Our ICT has included faculty, specifically as Operations sections chiefs.

Running table tops and practice incidents helps everyone understand their roles.

Probably the greatest takeaway from 300 and 400 is that in many incidents, we won't be running the show. As Alan mentioned, the Fire Chief and/or State Police are going to quickly take over for most fires/HAZMAT/mass casualty incidents, although our EOC would provide support and might be more important over the long run of the incident.


On Sat, Apr 28, 2018 at 8:22 AM Alan Hall <oldeddoc**At_Symbol_Here**> wrote:

One introductory resource might be the AHLS provider course (Advanced HAZMAT Life Support Course). This is a 2-day,16-hour course taught internationally and is managed through AHLS Inetrnational Headquarters at the University of Arizona Emergency Medicine Research Center in Tucson, AZ.

I am a member of the Scientific AdvisoryCcommittee, have been a Verified Provider and Instructor for many years (since its inception) have written and revised parts of the manuals, and receive little or no compensation for my work with them (sometimes, travel expenses are available; usually I "pay my own way to the war".)


There is a shorter, on-line basic HAZMAT Life Support Course also available.

Won't tell the "brass" how to deal with media, public relations, etc., but would give them a good grounding in the basic principles.

There are many others available from many sources that deal with ICS, etc.

The first thing, in many, if not all, HAZMAT incidents, the senior Fire Service officer on scene becomes the Incident Commander.

When I used to infest the emergency flight line ambulance on duty with the Air Force Reserves, the Fire Chief was in charge, and I was there as a flight surgeon in an advisory capacity.


On Fri, Apr 27, 2018 at 4:52 PM, Stuart, Ralph <Ralph.Stuart**At_Symbol_Here**> wrote:
A random question for a Friday afternoon:

Has anyone developed a emergency response training for those who hold academic leadership positions? While the emergency response community understands the Incident Command System as its operational process during a response, my experience is that faculty, chairs, deans, provosts, etc. don't understand the expectations related to their leadership role when it comes to emergencies.

They tend to assume that their priorities are everyone else's priorities and may not respond well to being told that they aren't in charge during an emergency situation. However, I believe they do have an important role in leading the community's response, in terms of maintaining reasonable expectations for protection of research assets, resumption of services, and managing the quality of information about the event as it proceeds.

I'm thinking about how to describe realistic emergency response expectations to people who are used to operating in a "community of equals" situation. Academic leaders tend not to have a lot of experience in managing emergencies and I wonder what strategies people have found to be successful in educating that level of academic management around how to respond to bad news that requires rapid decision-making.

Thanks for sharing any resources or thoughts you have on this interesting topic.

- Ralph

Ralph Stuart, CIH, CCHO
Environmental Safety Manager
Keene State College
603 358-2859


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