The International Center for Prehospital and Disaster Medicine (ICPDM), created in 2008, is a service of the Sierra Medical Services Alliance (SEMSA), a 501c3, not-for-profit corporation. Besides ICPDM, SEMSA provides air and ground ambulance service to Merced County, California under the Riggs Ambulance Service name, air and ground ambulance service to Lassen County and portions of Modoc and Shasta Counties, California under the SEMSA name and ambulance management service to several California based EMS agencies.

Riggs Ambulance Service provides a Tactical Emergency Medical Support (TEMS) team that integrates with SWAT teams from the Merced Police Department and Merced County Sheriff’s Office. In 2007 ICPDM began to explore the use of video-conferencing and Internet access to offer didactic training to individuals in rural and remote areas. At the same time, SEMSA partnered with the several law enforcement agencies to provide the Tactical Operations Medical Services (TOMS) course.

In creating ICPDM, SEMSA identified a lack of university-based continuing education or formalized training in a variety of prehospital and disaster medicine areas. Seeing this need ICPDM was created to provide multilevel and multidisciplinary education and training to enhance the delivery of prehospital medical care, disaster preparedness and individual continuing education. Education and training with ICPDM is conducted using blended adult learning methodologies in a variety of venues to include in-residence, mobile/traveling training teams and distance learning. ICPDM offers focused and tailored training for all types of audiences including nationally recognized/standardized programs as well as specialized non-standard programs.

ICPDM has partnered with outstanding universities from around North America to ensure its offerings are of the highest quality and academic integrity. ICPDM is a training center for the National Disaster Life Support Foundation to teach Core, Basic and Advanced Disaster Life Support Courses and issues continuing education credit for all level of medical providers including EMS, Nursing and Physicians. ICPDM is a recognized training center by the Committee for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (C-TECC) and conducts Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC) courses.

In conjunction with the SEMSA and Riggs Ambulance Education divisions, ICPDM offers many other EMS classes such as ACLS, PALS, PEPP, ITLS and AMLS.


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