New York Medical College’s Center For Disaster Medicine Provides Training To Yonkers Fire Department To Prepare For Mass Casualty And Disaster Situations
Program Designed to Provide Training in Tactical and Operational Medicine Skills to Pre-hospital Providers
Valhalla, New York – On February 6, members of the Yonkers Fire Department participated in a day-long training course taught by New York Medical College’s (NYMC) Center for Disaster Medicine. The course was designed for civilian pre-hospital providers to learn the facets of tactical and operational medicine such as providing stabilizing care in hostile environments and stop-the-bleed techniques. The hands-on training was given to first responders from the Yonkers Fire Department, who will now be better prepared to handle disaster situations such as a mass shooting, explosion or natural disaster.
The Center for Disaster Medicine collaborates with organizations throughout New York State to provide disaster, operational, tactical and public health training to first responders, law enforcements and health care professionals. By training the responders, and by focusing on vulnerable populations, including children, the disabled and the elderly, the Center fills a unique role in the region by serving as a multi-disciplinary academic resource on a diverse range of emergency preparedness issues.
“In 2020, we have already hosted multiple training sessions to organizations in Westchester, the Hudson Valley and New York City. There is a significant demand for this training as hospitals, police departments, fire departments, EMS and other groups who serve our community are looking to be better prepared for a disaster situation,” said David S. Markenson, M.D., M.B.A., director and medical director of the Center for Disaster Medicine. “Investing in this training will help keep New Yorkers safe.”
About New York Medical College
Founded in 1860, New York Medical College (NYMC) is one of the oldest and largest health sciences colleges in the country with nearly 1,500 students and 330 residents and clinical fellows, more than 2,600 faculty members and 23,500 living alumni. The College, which joined the Touro College and University System in 2011, is located in Westchester County, New York, and offers degrees from the School of Medicine, the Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences, the School of Health Sciences and Practice, the Touro College of Dental Medicine at NYMC and the Touro College School of Health Sciences’ nursing program at NYMC. NYMC provides a wide variety of clinical training opportunities for students, residents, and practitioners.