The LSU National Center for Biomedical Research and Training is set to start helping first responders from around the country prepare for the coronavirus.

NCBRT Associate Director of Research and Development Jerry Monier says they’re developing training that will teach responders the history of the virus, how to ID it, how to respond to it, and then how to clean up.

“How to decontaminate, or how to get themselves back to what they were prior to any potential exposure or anything, should that need arise,” says Monier.

NCBRT is known for it’s work training first responders nationwide, and Monier says they’re no stranger to preparing people to take on public health emergencies.

“The Ebola crisis, as well as H1N1, and if you go back to 2001 our origins was in response to some of the anthrax events that occurred,” says Monier.

NCBRT trained over 3,000 personnel located in the center of the West African Ebola crisis.

The US has yet to suffer a major outbreak of the virus, but Monier says first responders aren’t just waiting for that first explosion to happen.

“We have received several requests from responders from around the nation on how to better prepare themselves,’ says Monier.

NCBRT will be releasing information on when these trainings will become available on their website.

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