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UMFK to offer satellite broadcast from National Terrorism Preparedness Institute

November 7, 2003

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent's academic outreach office, in conjunction with the Rural Public Safety Administration program, will again be hosting a satellite broadcast from the National Terrorism Preparedness Institute.

The live response program will focus on emergency medical services and other first responders and will take place Wednesday, November 19, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the Nadeau Hall Teleconference Center.

The program will include panelists from the medical and first responder communities and will look at the importance of coordination and implementation of the necessary medical monitoring protocols for those responders entering and leaving the hot and warm zones of a suspected Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) attack or similar incident.

The live response broadcasts are designed to address issues pertaining to, preparing for, and responding to events involving weapons of mass destruction. However, much of the information will be useful in situations involving natural disasters and other areas of public safety and emergency management.

Other areas covered are the need for medical personnel being available, on the scene, to assist in implementation of rehabilitation assistance to those emergency responders that suffer from heat stress or other problems that can be controlled or reduced.

The broadcast will cover the medical action plans that need to be developed and implemented in coordination with HazMat and fire personnel, and will utilize medical monitoring protocols for those persons entering the hot zone or warm zone. The plan will include recording vital signs of personnel before entry and upon leaving the hot or warm zones, as well as monitoring vital signs of rescue personnel at other designated times.

"This interactive broadcast will allow participants here at UMFK to call in with questions." said Don Eno, academic outreach coordinator.

The programs are available to people in the emergency services, public safety and emergency management professions as well as interested individuals of the general public.

Live Response is the product of the Department of Justice and Federal Emergency Management Agency and is produced by the National Terrorism Preparedness Institute, a division of the Southeastern Public Safety Institute at St. Petersburg College, St. Petersburg, Florida.

Additional support is furnished by the Army National Guard and the United States Army Satellite Education Network (SEN) at Fort Lee, Virginia.

The broadcast is free. To register call Eno at 834-7835 or 1-888-TRY-UMFK.