SMART triage is a necessary component of providing emergency care. SMART Triage is not typically part of routine emergency response calls. Since it is only utilized during mass casualty events, it requires the periodic practice of assessment skills and techniques to achieve a comfortable level of confidence and proficiency. The continuous turnover of first responders requires that new first responders in the region along with new service chiefs and officers receive training. Regional MCI exercise evaluations continue to indicate that a sufficient level of proficiency in SMART triage continues to be an opportunity for improvement.
Additionally, the region has significant potential for mass causality incidents that would require the use of the SMART system, primarily due to Agricultural Fairs in the region, Woodstock and Brooklyn, the Thompson International Speedway, physical fitness/obstacle course “Tough Mudder” type events, and high volume of passenger and commercial traffic on interstates and state roads.
This training will provide emergency medical personnel the knowledge to effectively utilize the SMART triage system.