Sunday, November 20, 2016

Connecticut Department of Public Health Certificate of Attendance 2016 Mass Fatality Management Response System Training

#WA8UNS @WA8UNS #ThomasQuickKimball #ThomasKimball #ridgefieldct #Ridgefield @ridgefield in #FairfieldCounty #FairfieldCountyCT #CT #Connecticut Thomas Q Kimball of Ridgefield, Connecticut wanted to share he and his supervisor Ed Briggs Director of Health at Ridgefield Health Department had attended The 2016 CT Mass Fatality Management (MFM) Training Conference at Camp Hartell in Windsor Locks that was put on/sponsored by the Connecticut Department of Public Health, Thursday 10/27 - Family Assistance Center (FAC).
(Both Ed Briggs and I are American Red Cross Volunteers as well in Connecticut T5 Disaster Volunteers and both of us have done the G-386 Mass Fatalities Incident Response Course)


#WA8UNS @WA8UNS #ThomasQuickKimball #ThomasKimball #ridgefieldct #Ridgefield @ridgefield in #FairfieldCounty #FairfieldCountyCT #CT #Connecticut Thomas Q Kimball of Ridgefield, Connecticut wanted to share his Connecticut Department of Public Health Certificate of Attendance 2016 Mass Fatality Management Response System Training

I would have like to be able to have attended all three days (Tuesday, 10/25 - Simulated Disaster Scene Operations  Wednesday, 10/26 - Disaster Morgue Operation Simulations) but but unfortunately I was unable to do so this year. But hopefully next year if they have this training again in which I hope so. This event was well attended.

Some of the Thursday 10/27 - Family Assistance Center (FAC) speakers where:

Elias Kontanis Coordinator Medicolegal Operations at National Transportation Safety Board NSTB

Staci Beers, Victim Services Coordinator FBI Office for Victim Assistance (OVA) Terrorism and Special Jurisdiction Unit (TSJU) also Wally’s handler a FBI Crisis Response Canine. 

Mark Desire Assistant Director with the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner Department of Forensic Biology

Detective Inspector Howard Way of the UK Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) team

Wayne Daley CT American Red Cross Family Assistance Center

Some of the information below was picked up at the training conference 



FBI Office for Victim Assistance Fact Sheet: Victim Assistance Rapid Deployment Team (VA-RDT)

FBI Headquarters, the Bureau—in conjunction with its partners at Penn State University (PSU)  An online learning module is available and will prepare you for making a sensitive death notification with professionalism, dignity, and compassion using a four-step process. The training is “We Regret to Inform You” accessed at www.deathnotification.psu.edu




UK DVI UK Disaster Victim Identification DI Howard Way Detective Inspector Howard Way. 

Detective Inspector Howard Way of the UK Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) team had also talked about Interpol Disaster Victim Identification DVI and the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 2014 and a multi-agency emergency exercise held near London. 

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Elias Kontanis Coordinator Medicolegal Operations at National Transportation Safety Board NSTB had also talked about the NSTB and the American Red Cross  and how the work together and also mention the NSTB and DMORT Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team. 


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The American Red Cross helps out the NTSB National Transportation Safety Board Transportation Disaster Assistance Division such as the Family Assistance Center FAC and also Emotional Support Services as seen below.


Managing Mass Fatalities: A Toolkit for Planning From the Santa Clara County Public Health Department National Association of County and City Health Officials Advanced Practice Center

Thomas Q Kimball WA8UNS from Ridgefield, Connecticut wanted to share his experience at the G386 - Mass Fatalities Incident Response Course. This Course had taking place at the Rockland County Fire and Emergency Services on May 12th-14th 2015

This was a great excellent class and the instructors had brought there real time real life experiences as part of a Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team (DMORT) to the class room. And the class was well attended.

We heard about one of the experiences of the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team (DMORT) working at WTC Ground Zero after 9/11. 



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I was just recently able to obtain and add to my patch collection  NDMS DMORT Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team Patch. 


WA8UNS Thomas Quick Kimball of Ridgefield, Connecticut in group photo with Kevin Costigan (Region II Commander) and John Carey both with Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team (DMORT)


National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team ( DMORT ) About Video