Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content
Bookmark and Share this page


Back to the Schedule of Courses 2015

NTSB Training Center 


Accounting for Victims Following Transportation Mass Casualty Incidents:  A Course for Emergency Managers, Law Enforcement, Hospitals, and the Medicolegal Community



This course is designed specifically for the emergency management, law enforcement, hospital and medicolegal communities. In the wake of public transportation disasters, the victim accounting process requires a multiagency response. Success depends on the ability of these agencies to engage in a collaborative effort during the planning, operational, and draw-down phases of the response.


This course examines the core principles for managing the transition from first response and life safety operations into the victim accounting process. A combination of lectures and  case study discussions are provided by the course instructors that have led mass-fatality responses inside the United States. Course instructors include NTSB, FEMA, NIJ, Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences, New York City Office of Emergency Management, San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center This training approach provides the participants with a solid framework of understanding while illustrating some of the key challenges that commonly impact communications, coordination, and data quality assurance and control during the management of transportation disasters involving high numbers of casualties,. The course focuses on the need for agencies to understand the roles and responsibilities of the various entities involved in victim accounting operations, specifically within the context of transportation accidents, and it brings these individuals together to participate in a multidisciplinary training environment that emphasizes the common objectives of a transportation mass casualty response.

ID Code


Dates, Tuition
and Fee

October 14-15, 2015
$794 for application and payment received by September 9, 2015
$894 for application and payment received between Sept 10 and Oct. 9, 2015

$100 processing fee will be added to tuitions for all offline applications. A tuition invoice can be ordered for a $25 processing fee. Note: payment must be made at time of registration.


8:00 am - 4:30 pm


NTSB Training Center • 45065 Riverside Parkway • Ashburn, Virginia 20147


OPEN.  Applications are now being accepted.

Apply to Attend

Sign up here


This course has been approved for a maximum of 14 hours of continuing education credits with the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI).


  • The response to a major transportation accident requires a multiagency approach. Bringing these groups together helps clarify the roles and responsibilities that local, state, and federal government agencies have to facilitate the victim accounting process, to include the medicolegal investigation.
  • Lectures that focus on the core principles and key decisions that must be made to best facilitate search and recovery, missing persons reporting and antemortem data collection, and family assistance center operations.
  • Case studies presented by emergency management, hospital, and medical examiner/coroner personnel responsible for managing several recent transportation mass casualty operations.

Performance Results

Upon completion of this course the participant will be able to:

  • Describe the roles and responsibilities of local, state, and federal government agencies in support of the victim accounting process following transportation mass casualty incidents.
  • Explain how these agencies should collaborate to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the victim accounting process and the medicolegal investigation.
  • Describe federal initiatives to assist local and state agencies with the victim accounting process.
  • Identify the key decisions that will need to be made at the onset of the response to ensure a successful victim accounting operation.
  • Understand the importance of collecting and managing missing persons reports; understand the processes involved in developing a manifest of known missing from reported missing; and understand the various roles played by local, county, state, and federal agencies (including fire/rescue, hospitals, law enforcement, and medical examiners/coroners) in order to effectively and accurately complete this process.
  • Identify the challenges that exist during the collection and management of antemortem data and understand the roles that local, state, and federal agencies play in this process.
  • Understand how the unified command concept will promote more effective on-scene communication and coordination among local, state, and federal law enforcement, fire/rescue, emergency managers, and other responders.
  • Apply effective solutions to multi-agency operational challenges and promote the effective and efficient management of resources during a mass-casualty transportation accident response.
  • Understand the importance of data management and quality control procedures.
  • Understand the issues involved with interacting with family members throughout the mass-fatality management process and explain how the various local, state, and federal agencies interact with family members following an incident.

Who May Attend

This course is designed for emergency managers, law enforcement, hospital personnel, and medicolegal specialists at the local, county, state, and federal levels. Attendees should be involved in the decision making process during the planning phase and play a role in managing victim accounting operations during the response phase of a mass-fatality incident. Ideally, attendees should represent the following disciplines and organizations:

  • Municipal, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies
  • Local, county, state and federal emergency planners and managers
  • Medical examiners, coroners, and medicolegal death investigators
  • Public safety agencies such as fire/rescue and hospitals with responsibility for surge planning and response
  • Other organizations and agencies that have immediate or long-term, post-disaster responsibilities
  • Members of the academic community attending for research purposes (on a space-available basis)


Area hotels and restaurants


Washington Dulles International (IAD): 10 miles
Washington Ronald Reagan National (DCA): 30 miles
Baltimore/Washington International (BWI): 60 miles

More Information

Email or call (571) 223-3900

Courses, forums and symposia are added to the schedule throughout the year.  Subscribe to the e-newsletter to learn about upcoming events and new programs: