Advanced Disaster Life Support

Picture this: loud crashing noises, sirens in the distance, people screaming and it’s up to you to figure out what your next steps are. On Saturday, April 13, 2019, twenty people gathered together on a rainy afternoon to learn how to do just that. The Near Southwest Preparedness Alliance (NSPA) facilitated a 2 day course on Advanced Disaster Life Support (ADLS). A course that allows participants to demonstrate the ability to manage a mass casualty care incident.

There were topics covered from legal and ethical issues during a disaster to discovering community health emergency operations and response. Students broke into groups to learn these skills at stations. “Show us what you would do if your hospital had to receive a catastrophic surge of patients! Put on the correct personal protective equipment (PPE) for the Chemical Spill you are responding to down the road!”

All of these stations were strategically set up to prepare participants for what was going to happen at the end of the course. Prior to this, all of the students took Basic Disaster Life Support (BDLS). An atmosphere of classroom learning where participants were taught all of the basic tools needed for application of core principles and concepts in emergency management and public health.

After the last skills station all of the students came back together and the scene was set. Everything they had learned over the past two days was put to the test.

"It was challenging and extremely thought provoking at the same time. A very good course for all community stakeholders in public safety," said student Aaron Wade Jr. 

This course along with many others, is part of NSPA's mission to foster education throughout the community. If you want to learn more about this specific course or others being offered visit our Training Center.