Rescue Training Associates


Course Description:
RTA’s Disaster Medical Specialist course is a 55-hour class that provides students with the knowledge and skills to perform medical assessments and treatments at various disaster events. This class, which meets or exceeds the Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) requirements set forth by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), focuses on the care and treatment of those injured within structural collapse or improvised explosive device (IED) blast injuries.

Specific topics include:

  • Disaster Medicine History
  • Medical Specialist Responsibilities
  • Confined Space Medicine
  • Crush Syndrome & IED Blast Injuries
  • WMD Medical Overview
  • Victim Medical Problems
  • Search Canine Veterinary Care
  • Technical Search Overview
  • Disaster Triage Considerations

Cutting edge training:
RTA has spent the past year building this course to incorporate the most realistic and cutting edge training available. RTA’s newest mobile training environment is the addition of the Confined Space Rescue and the Disaster Medical Specialist collapse rescue simulator. This 1,534 cubic foot austere environment was created by the technical advisors of RTA; with the dynamic ability to run 6 full medical skill stations simultaneously. This simulator also has the capability of safely altering the students learning environment, by way of climate, visibility, sound and scenario pathways. It continuously allows the students to absorb the maximum amount of experience with in the allotted class time.

Prerequisite: Certified EMT-Paramedic, Registered Nurse, or Practicing Medical Physician.


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