Various staff of the Commonwealth Health Center and a volunteer underwent a four-day training based on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Incident Command Structure.
Twenty three staff including nurses, doctors, and public health staff and a volunteer representing both the Community Outreach Recovery Efforts and CNMI Medical Reserve Corps attended the training held at the Pacific Islands Club and received certificates.
ICS is a management system designed to enable effective and efficient domestic incident management by integrating a combination of facilities, equipment, personnel, procedures, and communications operating within a common organizational structure.
Following the ICS 300 and 400, the training would help CHCC responders to be capable in handing all hazard incidents on emergency situations and enable them in planning, coordinating, and responding effectively and efficiently.
Trainers were Tricia Shimizu, Patrick Lujan, and Frank Lujan who is a Training Instructor Port Authority and assistant to all Guam Homeland Security training and exercises. He is also a three-time trainer for ICS 300 and 400 with various agencies in the CNMI.
“What I expected CHCC staff to learn is that ICS is an everyday thing and that we shouldn’t be afraid of it and it is a method and tool to control chaos,” Lujan said.
According to CHCC’s Public Health and Hospital Emergency Preparedness Program director Warren Villagomez, this is just one of the trainings that their staff will undergo.
“The turnout was great and it strengthens CHCC’s capability to respond on all hazard incidents and we will eventually plan more training annually on response capabilities. We hope for a more participation of our stakeholders, volunteers, and partners in the future,” Villagomez said.