Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Disaster Science


Disaster Science

First Advisor

Jan Thomas

Second Advisor

Ron Wakeham

Third Advisor

Karen Kellison


During a disaster emergency medical services (EMS) plays a critical role in supporting mass casualty response. However, the processes and procedures used in a disaster are different than those which the prehospital providers encounter during routine emergency response. With limited time and resources, new approaches to training should be considered. This thesis presents research on EMS training, disaster response, distance learning, and instructional technology. Survey and interview results are analyzed providing a foundation for the development of a proposed software model using Internet simulation games to train prehospital providers for mass casualty response.