Local Medical Professionals Attend Homeland Security Training

May 17, 2019

Director of Nursing Nikki Salas, Emergency Department Manager Leanne Seifert, Emergency Department Patient Care Partner Jake Higgins and Emergency Department Registered Nurse Stephanie Roets from Watertown Regional Medical Center’s Emergency Response Team recently completed training offered by the Center for Domestic Preparedness in Alabama.  The group is operated by the United States Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and is the only federally-chartered Weapons of Mass Destruction training facility in the nation.

Training included healthcare and public health courses and participants gain critical skills and confidence to respond effectively to local incidents. 

“Continuing education on the expertise of being prepared for a major disaster, locally, is important not only for WRMC, but for the entire community, says Salas. “While we regularly do drills to ensure we are prepared, this particular FEMA training gave us additional skills on disasters that we may not always expect to happen in a small community.  We look forward to collaborating with the city, counties, and state in preparedness efforts.”

There were over 400 participants from across the country that attended the training.  At the end of the intense week of training, Nikki Salas was honored as the most valuable participant. Higgins and Roets also became certified Haz Mat Trainers.