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Virgin Islands Territorial 
Emergency Management Agency

For Immediate Release

January 9, 2015

First Responders to Receive Ebola Personal Protective Equipment Training Next Week

VITEMA will provide Ebola response training for first responders Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 12 and 13, at VITEMA Headquarters on St. Thomas and, Thursday and Friday, Jan. 15 and 16, at the Juan Luis Hospital Cardiac Center on St. Croix. Classes will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

The media is invited to attend.

First responders will receive hands-on training on using the appropriate level of personal protective equipment, donning and doffing the gear, and performing decontamination procedures when faced with a potential Ebola case. Instructors from FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP) at Anniston, Alabama, will conduct the one-day training.

FEMA’s CDP develops and delivers advanced training for emergency response providers, emergency managers, and other government officials from state, local, and tribal governments. Training focuses on incident management, mass-casualty response, and emergency response to a catastrophic natural or man-made disaster.

The center also offers the only program in the nation featuring emergency response training exercises using chemical agents and biological materials. Additionally, it operates the only hospital facility in the United States dedicated solely to preparing the healthcare, public health, and environmental health communities for mass-casualty events related to terrorism or natural disasters.

For more information, contact VITEMA Training Coordinator Irvin Mason at 340-774-2244 or 340-227-7686.