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Building More Resilient Communities Through Training...

In order to better support our heroes who provide dedicated life-saving emergency medical service to our communities, the Montgomery Department of Public Safety provides a wide variety of course offerings to address their preparedness needs.  

The Public Safety Training Center often hosts courses in emergency/disaster management, hospital and public health emergency preparedness (HPP/PHEP), CBRNE/WMD, as well as tactical medicine and active shooter events which provide an understanding of complex incident management, unique EMS responder considerations and medical response issues in a  variety of challenging environments.  

Montgomery County is helping to build resilient communities through community training and applications.  We are now a PulsePoint community.  Click here to learn more about the Mont. Co. initiative, and watch the video below.

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National Disaster Life Support™ - DECON

NDLS-DECON™ is designed to meet the need of introductory training for hospital based decontamination.  NDLS-DECON™ provides flexibility permitting training to be customized to specific equipment and site features.  

As recent history has demonstrated, the ability to decontaminate/disinfect victims of a chemical, biological, or radiological event requires large numbers of personnel properly trained and equipped to provide decontamination/disinfection.  Although healthcare providers in Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) may be needed to render immediate care and triage victims, the majority of the workforce to provide decontamination/disinfection support in a public health event may be non-clinical, EMS or hospital based personnel. 

The two-day course includes instruction in the components of the NDLS-DECON™ program which include:

Lectures covering:

  • Regulations, operations and equipment

Demonstration and practice:

  • Donning/Doffing PPE
  • Site selection and set-up
  • Patient decontamination
  • Small Group Interactive Sessions
  • Decontamination drill

Each station requires unique equipment and supplies and poses logistical challenges. Instructions are provided regarding how to setup the scenarios and how the mock victims are used in support of the course. The requirement for victim moulage is also detailed to include presenting symptoms and circumstances. The minimum facility requirement for each module is specified. 

Target Audience

  • Hospital Based Decontamination Team members
  • Non-clinical Hospital Personnel (DECON Team)
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • PA’s
  • EMT’s /Paramedics
  • Allied health professionals
  • Students in health care studies
  • Emergency Managers
  • Hospital Safety/Security Personnel/Law Enforcement Officers
  • First Responders & Fire Fighters

Class size: 30 maximum

Pre-requisites: BDLS

Course Length: 16 hours over two days


National Disaster Life Support™ - Instructor Course

The NDLS Instructor course is provided for any individual who has successfully completed the ADLS® course and desires to become an instructor. The half-day course includes instruction in coordinating and conducting the four rotating stations of ADLS®. These stations are:

  • Mass-Casualty Management
  • Human Patient Simulations
  • PPE and Decontamination
  • Disaster Skills

Each station requires unique equipment and supplies and poses logistical challenges. Instructions are provided regarding how to setup the scenarios and how the mock victims are used in support of the course. The requirement for victim moulage is also detailed to include presenting symptoms and circumstances. The minimum facility requirement for each module is specified. 

Target Audience

Any ADLS® student desiring to become an instructor


Core Disaster Life Support™ (CDLS)®

The CDLS Course v.3.0 is a competency-based, awareness-level course that introduces clinical and public health concepts and principles for the management of disasters and public health emergencies. The course incorporates the “all-hazards” approach to personal, institutional, and community disaster management through the use of two unique mnemonics, the PRE-DISASTER Paradigm™ (which applies to event mitigation and preparedness) and the DISASTER Paradigm™ (which applies to event recognition, response, and recovery).

The overarching aim of the CDLS Course is to provide participants from diverse professions, disciplines, and backgrounds with a common lexicon, vocabulary, and knowledge in disaster-related medicine and public health that can be reinforced and expanded in the Basic Disaster Life Support™ (BDLS®) and Advanced Disaster Life Support™ (ADLS®) Courses.

Target Audience: The CDLS Course is aimed at a broad range of audience categories, including medical first responders, health professionals, health service providers, public health workers, hospital and healthcare administrators, and health support personnel..

Time: 4.5 Hours

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PA DOH EMS Course #: 007188

Level Total      Med/Trauma Other
FR 4.5   1 3.5
EMT 4.5   1 3.5
EMT-P 4.5   1 3.5
PHRN 4.5   1 3.5
Other hours categories:  
Education: 0 Rescue: 0
Operations: 0 Haz-Mat: 0
Administration: 0 Miscellaneous: 0

eCDLSeCDls® is a web based version of CDLS 2.0.

It is available from several sources free of charge for active Montgomery County Medical Reserve Corps volunteers.

The eCDLS™ course is the on-line version of Core Disaster Life Support® (CDLS®). Recognizing that many potential students of CDLS® are unable to arrange for attendance at a live course, CDLS® has been made available for distance learning. The added advantage of the on-line approach is that the student may take the course in multiple sessions over a period of several days or weeks; it is self-paced. This course was developed by the AMA under a grant received from the US Department of Homeland Security.

Target Audience EMTs, Allied health workers and technicians, Law enforcement, Medical Reserve Corps (entry level), Some office-based health care professionals, Police, Firefighters, Emergency management personnel, Government officials, Health care administrators, Social workers, Disaster relief workers, or anyone needing an introductory program in public health emergency preparedness.

Class Size: Unlimited

Pre-Requisite: None

Course Length: Self-Paced.

Course Credits: 4.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits

ADLS LogoAdvanced Disaster Life Support™ (ADLS)®

Note: The ADLS® course is now part of the International Association of Emergency Managers' (IAEM) list of approved courses for Certification in Emergency Management (CEM) application.

ADLS® is an advanced practicum course for those who have successfully completed the BDLS® course. It is an intensive, two-day course that allows students to demonstrate competencies in casualty decontamination, specified essential skills, and mass casualty incident information systems/technology applications. Using simulated, all-hazards scenarios and mass causality incidents, ADLS® makes use of four interactive sessions in which participants treat simulated patients in various disaster drills and situations. Training is focused on the development of hands-on skills to allow participants to apply the knowledge learned in BDLS®. 

ADLS®’s interactive scenarios and drills utilize high-fidelity mannequins and volunteer patients to simulate a realistic experience in treating pathologic patient conditions not routinely encountered by the responders and health care providers. Hands-on exercises teach practical skills, such as decontamination and use of protective equipment, and provide instruction in topics that traditionally are not addressed in health care education curricula. 

Day 2 of ADLS® is the “hands on” day of training. Four skills stations reinforce the previous day’s learning. These skills stations are as follows: 

S.A.L.T. Triage™ - This challenging station allows the students to practice the concepts of the disaster paradigm with an emphasis on patient triage. Simulated disaster victims must be triaged and treated correctly while attempting to manage a chaotic scene and request appropriate resources. 

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Decontamination - This station teaches important concepts about the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and decontamination techniques. Students are given the opportunity to wear PPE and participate in a simulated decontamination while attempting to render medical care. 

Disaster Skills - This station teaches vital skills necessary for medical disaster management. Students are taught about the Strategic National Stockpile and proper Mark-I kit use. Students are also allowed to practice Smallpox immunization. 

Human Patient Simulator - Recognition of victims of a chemical and biological disaster is paramount. This station is designed to reinforce the detection and proper treatment of conditions that may occur during disasters that we do not normally treat. Treatment of chemical, biological, and traumatic patients is covered. The use of high fidelity human patient simulators allows the student to see, hear, and feel information that would normally be provided by an instructor, creating a more realistic experience than standard mannequins can provide. 

Target Audience

Physicians, Nurses, PAs, EMTs, Other First Responders, Paramedics, Pharmacists, Allied Health Professionals, and Medical Students 

**Participants must attend both days of training to receive the certificate of completion. ADLS® meets the CFR 1910.120 requirement for Hazardous Materials Operation.

PA DOH EMS Con-Ed Course #: 007192

Level Total   Med/Trauma Other
FR 12   4 8
EMT 14   6 8
Paramedic 14   6 8
PHRN/HP 14   6 8