VHA Office of Emergency Management
First Receivers Decontamination Program (FRDP)
The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) First Receivers Decontamination Program (FRDP) prepares staff to respond to incidents involving contaminated patients seeking care; to protect the well-being of Veterans, employees, and other occupants within the VA medical facility; to protect the physical infrastructure; and, to the fullest extent possible, ensure continuity of care.
A hospital-based First Receivers capability is specifically designed for the receipt of patients who have been contaminated by an external release of hazardous substances including chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) agents at some distance from the VA medical facility.
First Receivers First Receivers are appropriately-trained VA medical facility staff members who may encounter and work with contaminated or potentially contaminated patients from an incident involving CBRN agents and who are involved in the activation and operation of the VA medical facility’s FRDP capability. First Receivers are distinguished from First Responders (e.g., firefighters, law enforcement, and Emergency Medical Service personnel) in that the hospital is not the incident site but rather is remote from the location where the hazardous substance release occurred. First Receivers can include clinicians and other VA medical facility staff who receive, decontaminate, triage, and treat patients and those whose roles support these functions (e.g., security/access control, and set up of decontamination equipment).