History of the Emergency Recognition, Response and Anti-Terrorism Training Associates
For the past decade, Paul Rega M.D., FACEP, Churton Budd, RN, NR-EMPT, and Kelly Burkholder-Allen, RN, MSEd., have focused their training and educational efforts on the development and implementation of courses and instruction in the field of Disaster Management and Terrorism Preparedness.
They began with a course titled "Disaster Preparedness for the Health Care Provider", which was taught at the University of Toledo and Medical College of Ohio, with an emphasis on an "all hazards approach" to preparedness. Within the past several years, as the threat of terrorist attacks became more apparent, the course was revised to include terrorism preparedness, and evolved into "Basic Anti Terrorism Emergency Life Support" (BATELS). The inaugural BATELS course was delivered by Dr. Rega and Ms. Burkholder-Allen in Tainan, Taiwan, in August of 2000. The course has undergone further development into another course titled "Hospital All Hazards Recognition and Response Training" (HARRT).
The authors' combined experience includes responding to natural disasters with the National Disaster Medical System and consequence management deployments: Hurricane's Andrew, Marilyn, Floyd, Typhoon Pongsona, the Floods in North Dakota, the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games, the 50th Anniversary of NATO, and the 2001 United Nations General Assembly. The authors have been actively involved within the National Disaster Medical System, with Dr. Rega and Ms. Burkholder-Allen both serving as past Chairs of the National Association of Disaster Medical Assistance Teams. Ms. Burkholder-Allen has served on the Functional Work Group for Training and Education, including a two-year stint as the Chair of this working group. Mr. Budd was instrumental in establishing the website for NDMS and serves on numerous committees and sub-committees for technology and supply caches for NDMS.
The authors, in addition to their hands-on experience in disaster response and extensive experience in the field of Emergency Medicine lend credence to their courses. Each has years of service in Emergency Departments and has been involved at some level in EMS response. They have pursued continuing education within the field of disaster management and terrorism preparedness at all levels and have attended numerous courses all over the country by recognized experts. All three sit on various local, state, and national committees involved in disaster and terrorism preparedness. It is this diverse and extensive experience that is evident within their courses curriculum.
The authors enjoy teaching these courses and hope that you will enjoy the experience too. It has been a labor of love and a strong commitment to provide peers with practical training and education that will better prepare them for the challenges that health care providers face today. Your feedback is encouraged as are your questions. There is and always will be much to learn from each other's experience.
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