Attention First Responders! ISDH Laboratories would like to announce four upcoming Indiana district training opportunities entitled "A Training for First Responders: Biothreat Environmental Sample Collection for ISDH Laboratories". These statewide trainings are a collaborative effort of the Indiana State Department of Health Laboratories, the Marion County Public Health Department, the National Guard 53rd Civil Support Team, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Please register at the following links (a map of Indiana Preparedness Districts is attached for your reference): District 8 First Responder Training Friday, October 20, 2017 Northern Monroe Fire Territory 5081 N. Old State Road 37 Richmond, IN 47374 https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/1st_Responder_District_8
District 10 First Responder Training Monday, October 23, 2017 Vincennes University Technology Building Room A115 1300 N. Chestnut St. Vincennes, IN 47591 https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/1stResponderDistrict10 District 7 First Responder Training Tuesday, October 24, 2017 Terre Haute Fire Department 2465 N. Brown Ave. Terre Haute, IN 47804 https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/1st_Responder_District_7 Click here for District 7 flyer These trainings are intended for Indiana HAZMAT Teams and Postal Inspectors who would respond to a potential credible threat involving suspicious substances that may contain biological agents. They will provide instruction for first responders on how to collect and package suspicious substances for biothreat testing using the ISDH Biothreat Environmental Sample Collection Kit. The trainings will describe the contents of the kits and how to receive them, as well as information regarding collection, packaging and submission of samples to the ISDH Laboratories. In addition, screening guidelines, communication procedures, and chain of custody will be discussed. We will conclude the trainings with a hands-on exercise to demonstrate how to collect, label and package samples using the kit. Please review the attached flyers for more information. If you have already registered for one of these trainings, there is no need to do so again.