County to Offer Ebola Awareness Training to First Responders
(Clayton, NJ) – The Gloucester County Board of Chosen Freeholders announced today that the County Department of Health and Gloucester County Emergency Medical Services (GCEMS) will offer free Ebola Awareness Training to all county first responders.
The sessions will all be held at the Gloucester County Government Services Building Auditorium in Clayton and are scheduled for Fri. Oct. 24 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m., Tues. Oct. 28 from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m., and Wed. Oct. 29 from 7 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Freeholder Adam J. Taliaferro said, “We wanted to make sure we held a session so each shift was covered and had an opportunity to attend.”
Freeholder Lyman Barnes said that the training is open to all county police, fire, ems and first responders’ agencies.
“The goal of this training is to provide definitive answers to questions and provide the latest information from authoritative sources on personal protective equipment and other equipment guidelines,” said Barnes. Proper use of PPE is vital to protection of responders who may come in contact with Ebola or any other potentially infectious material.
Deputy Director Chila said that GCEMS plans for patient transport procedures will be discussed and reinforcement of ensuring awareness of donning and doffing PPE’s (personal protective equipment). Hazardous material experts will discuss proper decontamination of responders.
A physician expert will discuss Ebola awareness and the County’s Director of Nursing will speak about the public health aspect of the disease.
County First Responders can register by email to Bburke@co.gloucester.nj.us. The County’s Government Services Building is located at 1200 N. Delsea Drive, Clayton, NJ.