Response to Terrorism / Public Safety Classes Taught by Shelomo Alfassa
Auto-Injectors for Emergency Management and Pre-Hospital Emergency Treatment Providers
Time: 1.0 Hour
Audience: EMS, Fire, Law, RNs,
Summary:
Understand what a chem/bio terrorism response auto-injector set (Mark-1 kit) is for. Students will learn about providing Pralidoxime (2-pyridine aldoxime methyl chloride,) or 2-PAM in conjunction with atropine and diazepam. Students will be able to put hands on a real auto-injector and understand it’s usage and limitations in treating a chemical attack victim.

The Threat of WMD Terrorism
Time: 1.5 Hours
Audience: All
Summary:
A non-clinical look at what the threat really is, what have previous threats and attacks done, responding to WMD terrorism, and the political landscape.
 
Hazardous Materials Awareness
Time: 1.5 Hours
Audience: EMS, RNs, Physicians
Summary:
This class provides an overview including understanding the legal mandates of the state(s) and the federal government when dealing with hazardous materials. It goes over what hazardous materials are, operations, identification, placards, cleaning up, transportation, dealing with emergencies, taking control of a situation, and how to terminate an incident.
 
An Overview to Nerve Agent Exposure
Time: 1.5 Hours
Audience: EMS, RNs, Physicians
Summary:
This program provides a concise overview to what nerve agents are, how they affect humans, signs and symptoms of exposure, routes of exposure, etc. As nerve agents are the most commonly expected chemical weapon to be used, this program is important for those on the front lines of public safety.
 
Offensive Chemical Vesicants
Time: 1.5 Hours
Audience: EMS, RNs, Physicians
Summary:
This program on Offensive Chemical Vesicants concentrates on the warfare agents known as Blister Agents. This includes both Mustard and Lewisite. It covers an introduction to these agents, exposure, signs & symptoms, and treatment.
 
Essential Medical Aspects of Chemical / Biological Terrorism
Audience: EMS, RNs, Physicians
Time: 1.5 Hours
Summary:
This class provides an overview of both chemical agent and biological organism-based terrorism. It provides a foundational historic discussion, and discusses specific agent, previous terror attacks, etc.
 
Personal Protective Equipment
Audience: EMS, Fire
Time: 2.0 Hours
An in-depth discussion on what PPE is, uses for it, the types are used in the field, how to treat used PPE in accordance with regulatory agencies, how to watch for problems while wearing it, and understanding state compliance in regard to it.
 
Chemical Agent Decontamination
Time: 2.0 Hours
Audience: EMS, Fire, RNs
Summary:
A comprehensive overview on what decontamination is, how to conduct it, when to conduct it, and the methods and modes of it. This class is prepared for the professional who will decon a large group, such as EMS hospital nursing staff or other health care teams.
 
Terrorism: Understanding Concepts and Mechanisms
Time: 2.0 Hours
Audience: All
Summary:
Covering terrorism, from basic concepts to attacks, and understanding consequence and crisis management. We discuss the federal government’s response, categories of incidents, agents and toxins, understanding radiological incidents, incendiaries and explosives, scene control, evac, etc. A great overview for those without much knowledge on the subject.
 
Hospital Preparedness for Mass Casualty Disasters
Audience: EMS, RNs, Physicians, non-medical hospital management and physical plant staff
Time: 2.5 Hours
Summary:
Preparing the administrative, medical and infrastructure support teams of the hospital on how to handle a mass casualty incident influx, and or evacuation scenario of a large hospital. The class includes what JCAHO expects of a hospital during an emergency.
 
An Overview to Nerve Agent Exposure
Time: 2.5 Hours
Audience: EMS, RNs, Physicians
Summary:
This program provides a concise overview to what nerve agents are, how they affect humans, signs and symptoms of exposure, routes of exposure, etc. As nerve agents are the most commonly expected chemical weapon to be used, this program is important for those on the front lines of public safety.
 
Clinical Aspects of Critical Biological Agents
Time: 3.5 Hours
Audience: EMS, RNs, Physicians
Summary:
This program focuses on what biological organisms may possibly utilized by terrorists. It talks about their specific effects, methods of infection, clinical features, complications, medical management, presentation and treatment, etc.
 
Bombings: Understanding Blast Injuries & Care
Audience: EMS, RNs, Physicians
Time: 6.0 Hours (with a 30 minute lunch break)
Summary:
This class is designed to provide the minimum content that should be included in any all medical / hazards disaster response training programs. This content is designed to update the student with the latest clinical information regarding blast related injuries from terrorism.

Evaluation and Treatment of Blast Injuries from Combat, Terrorism or Accidents
Audience: EMS, RNs, Physicians
Time: 6.5 Hours (with a 30 minute lunch break)
Summary:
A comprehensive medical look at blast injuries of all types, including an overview on explosives and types of explosions, blast effects and injuries, projectiles and shrapnel, medical management, triage evac, exams, diagnostic studies, disposition of patients, etc.
About the instructor: Shelomo Alfassa is Past Deputy Commander of a joint US Public Health Service / FEMA federal Weapons of Mass Destruction Team response team.

He is currently certified in this 26th continuous year as an Emergency Medical Technician (also Certified by the US Coast Guard, State of New York and State of Florida). He trained as a Tactical SWAT Medic, and has extensive EMS and medical training; he's worked as a Cardiac Telemetry Tech / ACLS, Dialysis Tech, and Emergency Department Advanced Clinical Tech.

He has Hazmat Incident Commander level training and has a letter from the US Department of Labor.

While with the USPHS, he taught extensivly on responding to WMD terrorism and also trained with the US Army National Guard on NBC (Nuclear, Biological and Chemical) programs.

He is currently an EMS Lieutenant with New York Rescue Response Team and is a Certified Instructor (qualified to teach) with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security / US Coast Guard Aux.