Course: Burns Mass Casualty Incidents

Building on fire with people in the street

Are you prepared?

This hands-on course is the only one of its kind in the world, presenting a new approach to burns management for MCIs based on the updated WHO guidelines, the development of which was led by Respond Global Founder and emergency response specialist, Dr. Ian Norton.

Mass casualty incidents (MCIs) resulting in burn injuries present unique challenges. As a health practitioner or emergency responder you may have been taught how to deal with a single burns patient, but did you know that care of multiple burns victims requires a different approach? Did you know that the WHO has recently published consensus guidance on this?

With burn MCIs highly likely in Australia, anyone who manages on-scene responses, manages an emergency department, or is in charge of hospital, industrial or state disaster planning and response needs to do this course.


  • New WHO recommendations on dealing with burns victims in mass casualty events
  • Real world case studies
  • On-scene management and challenges
  • New mass casualty burns triage process
  • Receiving hospital considerations and challenges
  • Dressings & pain management
  • Controversies in fluid management
  • Transition to tertiary care, including retrieval, surgery and rehabilitation
  • Incident response coordination, deploying response teams, equipment, emergency management principles and logistics


Our experts will guide you through new WHO recommendations on mass casualty burns management, using practical in-person training that will apply:

  • Real world case study learning
  • Practical simulations
  • Field and tabletop exercises
  • Panel discussions that challenge you

Hear from those who have been at the forefront of significant mass burns responses, including:

  • Ashmore Reef Boat Explosion, Australia’s most remote burns incident
  • White Island Eruption
  • Sierra Leone Oil Tanker Explosion
  • Bali Bombings 1 & 2
  • Ambae Volcano Disaster Response, Vanuatu


The course is particularly relevant to the following responders:

  • Disaster coordinators & incident controllers
  • Medical personnel in emergency, trauma, pre-hospital, on-scene, military, remote & regional response roles
  • Fire & Rescue responders
  • Occupational health & safety professionals

Or those involved in response in the following environments:

  • High-risk industries: mining, oil, gas
  • Retrieval services
  • Military
  • Mass tourism and event coordinators

Our speakers

The course is taught by international leaders in the treatment and management of mass casualty burns, including co-authors of the WHO Recommendations for Burns Care in Mass Casualty Incidents. Our speakers have had first-hand experience responding to some of the most severe mass casualty burns incidents in recent years.


Registrations for the recent course schedule are now closed. If you are keen to attend this course in future please complete our expression of interest form, indicating which major city you would be able to attend in.