The LSU National Center for Biomedical Research and Training is set to start helping first responders from around the country prepare for the coronavirus.
NCBRT Associate Director of Research and Development Jerry Monier says they’re developing training that will teach responders the history of the virus, how to ID it, how to respond to it, and then how to clean up.
“How to decontaminate, or how to get themselves back to what they were prior to any potential exposure or anything, should that need arise,” says Monier.
NCBRT is known for it’s work training first responders nationwide, and Monier says they’re no stranger to preparing people to take on public health emergencies.
“The Ebola crisis, as well as H1N1, and if you go back to 2001 our origins was in response to some of the anthrax events that occurred,” says Monier.
NCBRT trained over 3,000 personnel located in the center of the West African Ebola crisis.
The US has yet to suffer a major outbreak of the virus, but Monier says first responders aren’t just waiting for that first explosion to happen.
“We have received several requests from responders from around the nation on how to better prepare themselves,’ says Monier.
NCBRT will be releasing information on when these trainings will become available on their website.
From LSU’s Press Release:
BATON ROUGE – LSU’s National Center for Biomedical Research and Training, or LSU NCBRT, is actively working to help the nation combat the potential threat of COVID-19, the disease caused by what is commonly known as the coronavirus. LSU NCBRT is currently developing timely training and technical assistance programs that provide emergency management and response professionals with the knowledge necessary to better prevent, plan, prepare and respond in the event their communities are faced with the occurrence of COVID-19.
LSU NCBRT has a 20-year history addressing biological threats, both naturally occurring and intentional. During the 2014 -2015 Ebola Virus Disease, or EVD, outbreak, LSU NCBRT was awarded one of the single largest federal grants specified to counter EVD. During that time, LSU NCBRT provided training and assistance to over 700 agencies across the United States, as well as over 3,000 personnel located throughout the center of the epidemic in West Africa.
As a founding member of the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium and a DHS-FEMA certified training partner, LSU NCBRT has delivered specialized, high-quality biological incident response mobile training at no direct cost to emergency responders at the state, local, tribal and territorial level since 1998.
LSU NCBRT will release additional information as these trainings become available. For more information on LSU NCBRT and its existing courses, please visit our website at ncbrt.lsu.edu.