Mass Casualty Training
Published 16th April 2019, 3:33pm
Between April 8th and April 12th thirty-four individuals in Grand Cayman received training in Mass Casualty Management (MCM). The course included representatives from the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service, Cayman Islands Fire Service, Cayman Islands Prison Service, Cayman Airports Authority, Department of Environmental Health, Hazard Management Cayman Islands, Department of Public Safety Communications, University College of the Cayman Islands, Cayman Islands Cadet Corps, Cayman Islands Port Authority and Health Services Authority. The Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) and Hazard Management Cayman Islands (HMCI) sponsored the course.
“A Mass Casualty Incident is any event resulting in a number of victims large enough to disrupt the normal course of emergency health care services,” explained Hazard Management Director, Danielle Coleman. “This could be a situation such as a major fire, a multi-car traffic accident, earthquake or a plane crash. Some of the subject areas covered in the training included emergency medicine, the organization of advanced medical posts, psycho-social care, the management of dead bodies and division of roles and responsibilities of the first responders.”
Honourable Tara Rivers, JP, MLA, Minister for Financial Services and Home Affairs said, “It is imperative that we maintain a state of maximum readiness for a major incident, and trainings like this enable our first responders to practice working together so that if an event occurs, they can approach the delivery of the emergency response required as a high-functioning, cohesive and effective team.”
The MCM Course took place at the University College of the Cayman Islands and this year the Cayman Islands was able to train and certify an additional 7 local PAHO Instructors. The new Instructors were selected based on their strong performances in previous MCM courses and they were required to deliver the teach-back portion of this year’s PAHO training. New Instructors were supported by the existing cadre of experienced local Instructors, including Detective Chief Inspector Richard Barrow, Inspector Ian Yearwood, Deputy Commandant of the Cayman Islands Cadet Corps Ricardo Henry, Chief Safety Officer at the Cayman Islands Airports Authority Andrew McLaughlin and PAHO Emergency Response Facilitator and Lead Instructor Mr. Peter Burgess.
Mr. Burgess, who delivers PAHO training courses throughout the Caribbean, is no stranger to the Cayman Islands having delivered a range of courses to our first responders over the years, including Emergency Care and Treatment, Incident Command Systems and Mass Casualty Management.