I am interested in reading the article from NAEMSP regarding the powered cots that you referenced in the discussion. I am always open to hearing different opinions and look forward to reading this article.
Just saw your profile on JEMS and thought I'd say hi.
Hope to catch up with you sometime soon. Spent 13 years with the Ambulance service of NSW and now work in road safety.
Love to hear from you. My website is www.paurileyconsulting.com
I just read the News & Observer article about the Princeton Rescue Squad, and I totally agree with what you said in that article about politics. I had no idea that the squads in Eastern NC were struggling so much to keep up with the standards?
I'll see if I have copies of the BLEMS and ALEMS Program Schedule in the office today. I don't have the curriculum. I also think that the courses were reviewed and approved for either ACE or PONSI credit, so maybe there might be something there too.
I completed the West Point Program in 2006. At that time our lead instructor was Major Reed Sawyer. I believe that he's been in Iraq for some time and as a result, the Department didn't conduct a class in 2008. There is going to be one this year, so I'm assuming Reed is back. The focus of the program was counterterrorism. It started in the fall of 2005 and ended in the spring of 2006. There were about 30 of us, we were divided into several groups and given projects to complete by the end of the program: basically a paper and presentation to the Fire Commissioner and staff chiefs. My group was tasked with looking into the nuts and bolts of developing an operational security plan for the Department. Other groups have looked at possible attack scenarios that I'd rather discuss with you in a private forum than post here. Overall, it was an excellent experience interacting with subject matter experts from the military, law enforcement, and intelligence communities.
As to special operations, the Haz-Tac Battalion, with the support of Chief Peruggia, is the nexus for the development of our rescue paramedic program and medical hazardous materials response. The commanding officer is Captain Jeff Race. He has family down your way that he visists often. I'm sure the next time he's down he would be happy to talk to you. If you want to talk to him directly, send me you're department email address and I'll fire off his phone number to you.
Lastly, the IMT was a product of September 11th. The FDNY was and to a degree still is the type of department that manages incidents in the thick of it. The command post and operations post for the Trade Center were initially the same location. Members from the PNW-3, Southwest and Alaska Incident Management Teams came to our aid and tried to bestow the benefits of managing using the framework of an IMT. After quite a bit of resistance, we saw the light. Relationships were made with these teams and soon chiefs from our Department were training and shadowing out west. We're a Type 2 Team and a few of our members are Type 1 ICs.
I'm more than happy to share what I can, and I'm all for us improving our preparedness and response capabilities. If you need anything and I can help, I will.
Glad to meet you and I will relay your greetings to Chief Peruggia. You've got to hand it to JEMS for creating this network. What a great idea.
As for Thursday afternoon, I have to say that I'm glad I was offsite, way too cold. I was on my way home from training Upstate when that jet landed in the Hudson. Did you see the raw footage video? All I can say is incredible.
As for our system, you're right, we have the ability to do some neat things based on our size and volume of work. Therapeutic hypothermia is a few months away and should be interesting. Hopefully we'll gather a meaningful body of data to support and expand it's use in the field.