Most communities have an emergency response team that is ready to break into action when an accident happens. These situations range from car collisions, industrial emergencies, and even natural disasters. The teams can be part of a huge urban hospital network, or a volunteer organization in a small rural town. A problem arises however, when emergencies require the special oversight of people trained in hazmat categories.
Assisting Communities as an Asset
Especially in small towns, emergencies that legally and physically require attention from professionals trained in hazmat response, become serious because of a wait period. Most small towns do not have the funding to keep entire fitted hazmat teams in their local network. They must request assistance from teams in larger areas. Travel time, out-of-network and non-reciprocity contracts, and general availability can make seemingly simple situations worse. Situations like accidents, assaults, drug interdiction, chemical spills, and industry-related incidents grow into major concerns when a community must wait for hazmat response.
What is the Answer?
Any community can host a hazmat training series of courses to prepare individual hospital, firefighting, and police personnel to be available in an emergency. The AHLS (Advanced Hazmat Life Support), provides recruitment and training options for interested medical professionals in boosting their careers and qualifications. The only requirement is that a certified AHLS instructor is present to observe training and make sure thoroughness is maintained in toxicology education courses. Finding a certified instructor through a training service is simple because there are more than 1,200 instructors located within the country. Any municipality and hospital that feels their relationship with the public could be improved by having a local hazmat responder on call, should host a certification course.
Any member of a medical organization can become certified in hazmat response. Becoming a hazmat responder is a great way to help the safety of a community, and bolster individual salaries. Professionals who can address problems arising from hazmat needs have a greater chance of retaining their positions in times of cutbacks, and qualifying for higher pay grades.
Medical and emergency personnel have an obligation to satisfy annual continuing education requirements. They also find that specialization is a great way to boost their careers. Hosting and registering a hazmat certification course is a valuable opportunity to do both.