NEMLEC STARS Toolkit Conference

On Friday, March 17, at Endicott College, the Northeast Homeland Security Regional Advisory Council (NERAC) and the Northeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (NEMLEC) sponsored a school safety conference to introduce 225 stakeholders from school districts and public safety agencies throughout Essex and Middlesex Counties to the 2nd Edition of the NEMLEC School Threat Assessment and Response System (STARS) Toolkit. The STARS Toolkit provides public officials with a comprehensive resource for preparing for all types of emergencies within schools, and includes guidance on building multi-disciplinary crisis response teams, responding to bomb threats, holding effective trainings and exercises, and much more. This 2nd edition replaces the 1st edition (published in 2006) with updated information and best practices based on the lessons that have been learned across the country over the last 11 years. All conference attendees were provided with a copy of the STARS Toolkit, as well as a STARS School Emergency Operations Plan (SEOP) template that can be used to formally establish and document local emergency procedures. These resources were developed by the STARS Toolkit Committee, which consists of a group of volunteers from several police departments and school districts in the region. Copies of both the STARS Toolkit and the STARS SEOP can be found at www.STARSTOOLKIT.org.   Medford Police Chief Leo Sacco delivers opening remarks. Opening remarks at the conference were delivered by Undersecretary for Homeland Security Patrick McMurray and Assistant Undersecretary for Homeland Security Hans Olson (both from the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security), Chief Richard McLaughlin of the Belmont Police Department (NEMLEC President and NERAC Council member), and Chief Leo Sacco of the Medford Police Department (NEMLEC STARS Control Chief and NERAC Council Chair). During the day-long event, members of the STARS Toolkit Committee provided a detailed overview of the contents of the Toolkit, SEOP, and website, outlining the wide variety of situations that each may be useful...

Training Opportunity: All-Hazards Position Specific Training

NERAC is sponsoring five (5) NIMS ICS All-Hazards Position Specific Training courses for all first responders from the NERAC region. Program registration costs and materials will be paid for by NERAC. Backfill and overtime reimbursement will be offered. These courses are designed by the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) and will be conducted by the Incident Management Training Consortium (IMTC). All first responders from the NERAC region are eligible to attend these courses, however priority seating will be given to individuals who would be likely to fill a leadership position in an ICS structure at a major incident. Registrants for these courses should serve in a position within their municipality (or other organization such as an IMT or other specialized response team) where they would be expected to fill a leadership role in an ICS structure during a major incident. All attendees must have completed ICS-300. The All-Hazards Position Specific Training courses will be offered on the dates below: E0956 Liaison Officer: April 26th – 27th  in Dracut E0965 Resource Unit Leader: May 16th – 19th in Haverhill E0950 Incident Commander: June 5th-9th in Marblehead E0952 Public Information Officer: June 19th – 23rd in Beverly E0971 Facilities Unit Leader: June 26th – 30th in Natick To reserve your spot, please click here to access the page containing the registration link (login...

Training Opportunity: Law Enforcement/First Responder Tactical Casualty Care Course

NERAC is sponsoring a Tactical Casualty Care course for law enforcement officers on April 27, 2017 in Reading, MA. Program registration costs and materials will be paid for by NERAC. All officers employed by a law enforcement agency within the NERAC region are eligible to attend. Backfill and overtime reimbursement will be offered. The LE/FR-TCC course is a hands-on training program for law enforcement officers to address the tactics and techniques needed to decrease occurrences of preventable deaths caused by trauma, as outlined by the Committee for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (C-TECC). Students will go through innovative skills stations on the topics below to learn basic medical interventions that can be used to save the life of a civilian or other first responder in a tactical environment before EMS practitioners are able to enter: Distinguishing the difference between Direct Threat, Indirect Threat, and Evacuation Zone environments and care principles/priorities. Understanding the rationale for immediate steps for hemorrhage control (including external hemorrhage control, direct pressure and wound packing, early use of tourniquets for severe hemorrhage, internal hemorrhage control by rapid evacuation, and transportation to major hospital/trauma center. Demonstrating the appropriate application of a tourniquet to the arm and leg. Describing the progressive strategy for controlling hemorrhage. Describing appropriate airway control techniques and devices. Demonstrate the correct application of a topical hemostatic dressing (combat gauze). Recognizing the tactically relevant indicators of shock. To reserve your spot, please click here to access the page containing the registration link (login...

Training Opportunity: Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC)

NERAC is sponsoring two Tactical Emergency Casualty Care courses for ALS and BLS Providers. These 2-day courses will be offered on the dates below. Program registration costs and materials for attendees will be paid for by NERAC. All Emergency Care Providers within the NERAC region are eligible to attend. Attendees must be employed by 911 providers in the NERAC region. The first course will take place in Hopkinton on April 3rd and 4th. The second course will take place in Marblehead on April 20th and 21st. The TECC course is a hands-on training program for EMS providers to address the tactics and techniques needed to decrease occurrences of preventable deaths caused by trauma, as outlined by the Committee for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (C-TECC). Students will go through innovative skills stations to practice the following techniques: Distinguishing the difference between Direct Threat, Indirect Threat, and Evacuation Zone environments and care principles/priorities. Providing hemorrhage control using the following techniques: tourniquet application, tourniquet de-escalation, providing direct pressure, applying pressure dressings and packing wounds, and the use of topical hemostatic dressings. Providing airway and respiratory management, including needle decompression, surgical cricothyroidotomy, and the use of other airway devices. Treating patients for hemorrhagic shock with IV fluids and/or blood products. Demonstrating multiple tactical casualty movement and extraction techniques such as drags, carries, and lifts. To access the registration form for this course, please visit this page (login...

NEMLEC STARS Toolkit Rollout

NERAC and NEMLEC are pleased to announce an event on March 17th to introduce the 2nd Edition of the NEMLEC STARS Toolkit!  Please click here to register! Event Overview: The School Threat Assessment and Response System (STARS) Toolkit is a resource designed to assist school districts and their communities with all-hazards crisis planning and preparedness. This event will include an instructional overview of the 2nd edition of the toolkit, two special guest speakers, and an overview of a School Emergency Operations Plan template. The event is being sponsored by the Northeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (NEMLEC) and the Northeast Homeland Security Regional Advisory Council (NERAC). Target Audience: Police, fire, emergency management, and school personnel (educators, administrators, and mental health professionals) with responsibilities related to school emergency planning and response. Please register by March 3rd to reserve your spot! Please contact Emily Kaster at ekaster@mapc.org or 617-933-0762 with questions or if you require any special accommodations to attend this...

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