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We brought back Dan McGuire from CISM Perspectives to talk about updates to the ways work-related stress for first responders is handled. The biggest change Dan noted was a focus on building resiliency into initial first responder education and ongoing training before the critical incident occurs.

One of the biggest changes Dan advocates for is to change the name from “Stress Disorder” to “Stress Injury.” This removes the stigma of a disorder and helps responders relate to the possibility of long-term injury in response to work-related stress.

On the show this week are co-hosts Sam Bradley, disaster weather expert, Kyle Nelson, Dr. Joe Holley, and Jamie Davis.

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Paragon Brings “The Experience”

Paragon Medical Education Group

Paragon Medical Education Group specializes in bringing what they call “The Experience” to jurisdictions around the country. They bring together police, fire, EMS, and hospital teams to train together and learn what to expect from each diverse group in the response team so that each knows what to expect from the other and how to back the other groups up. Visit Paragon’s site at ParagonMedicalGroup.com for more information on how this can be brought into your system.

It’s been a great year of podcasts here at the Disaster Podcast. In this episode (part 3 of 3), the whole team comes by to talk about their picks for top topics to cover in 2020. We have Dr. Joe Holley, meteorologist and emergency dispatcher Kyle Nelson, meteorologist and emergency management expert Becky DePodwin, podcast co-host and paramedic Sam Bradley, and Jamie Davis, the Podmedic.

Dr. Joe Holley’s picks for 2020 Topics:

“More law enforcement involvement.  Lets also get some of my Military Special Operators on to cover the uniqueness of what they do and how they train, and perhaps interview more physician leaders in EMS, Wilderness, and disaster.”

Becky DePodwin’s picks for 2020 Topics:

“Volcanoes and response to eruptions. Thinking of the incident this week, where a cruise ship expedition was going on when an eruptions occured in New Zealand. Still people missing, I believe.”

“How tourism fits into disaster prep and response. How do you handle people who aren’t familiar with an area, the potential risks, or evac routes, etc.”

Kyle Nelson’s picks for 2020 Topics:

“Continued innovation. Technologies, ideas and unique disaster & medical operations globally that disrupt the norm (tools, techniques, plans) of today’s disaster response. We can highlight what the future of disaster response may look like as well as real-life challenges/successes of such responses.”
“Responder education. As the complexity of disaster response continues to evolve, so does the skill sets required of disaster responders. What interdisciplinary skill sets are being taught, what gaps exist, and how is that projected to evolve into the future.”

Jamie Davis’s picks for 2020 Topics:

“I’d like to see us focus on how technology can be better leveraged for preparedness and response (weather modeling, drones for recon, apps for volunteers, logistics tools)”

Come back next week for the first episode of the year 2020 on the Disaster Podcast. It’s going to kick things off with a focus on responder wellness.

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Paragon Brings “The Experience”

Paragon Medical Education Group

Paragon Medical Education Group specializes in bringing what they call “The Experience” to jurisdictions around the country. They bring together police, fire, EMS, and hospital teams to train together and learn what to expect from each diverse group in the response team so that each knows what to expect from the other and how to back the other groups up. Visit Paragon’s site at ParagonMedicalGroup.com for more information on how this can be brought into your system.

It’s been a great year of podcasts here at the Disaster Podcast. In this episode (part 2 of 3), the whole team comes by to talk about the year’s best episodes and topics. We have Dr. Joe Holley, meteorologist and emergency dispatcher Kyle Nelson, meteorologist and emergency management expert Becky DePodwin, podcast co-host and paramedic Sam Bradley, and Jamie Davis, the Podmedic.

Kyle Nelson’s picks for top episodes:

Jamie Davis’s top episode picks:

Come back next week for the final episode of the year where we will discuss our topics to be covered in 2020 on the Disaster Podcast.

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Paragon Brings “The Experience”

Paragon Medical Education Group

Paragon Medical Education Group specializes in bringing what they call “The Experience” to jurisdictions around the country. They bring together police, fire, EMS, and hospital teams to train together and learn what to expect from each diverse group in the response team so that each knows what to expect from the other and how to back the other groups up. Visit Paragon’s site at ParagonMedicalGroup.com for more information on how this can be brought into your system.

It’s been a great year of podcasts here at the Disaster Podcast. In this episode (part 1 of 3), the whole team comes by to talk about the year’s best episodes and topics. We have Dr. Joe Holley, meteorologist and emergency dispatcher Kyle Nelson, meteorologist and emergency management expert Becky DePodwin, podcast co-host and paramedic Sam Bradley, and Jamie Davis, the Podmedic.

Dr. Joe Holley’s picks for top episodes:

Becky DePodwin’s top episode picks:

Come back next week for the top episode picks from Jamie, Kyle, and Sam Bradley. And watch for the final episode of the year where we will discuss our topics to be covered in 2020 on the Disaster Podcast.

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Paragon Brings “The Experience”

Paragon Medical Education Group

Paragon Medical Education Group specializes in bringing what they call “The Experience” to jurisdictions around the country. They bring together police, fire, EMS, and hospital teams to train together and learn what to expect from each diverse group in the response team so that each knows what to expect from the other and how to back the other groups up. Visit Paragon’s site at ParagonMedicalGroup.com for more information on how this can be brought into your system.

Joe Holley Cadaver Research in CPRIn this special episode, we talk about what it takes to create a customized, large-scale drill for training first responders and you community health services in the event of a disaster, man-made or natural. We focus especially on how the gang at Paragon Medical Education Group assemble their customized training experiences.

Dr. Joe Holley from Paragon walks co-host Sam Bradley through a hypothetical active shooter drill in a suburban community. We talk about working with all local resources, bringing in stake-holders, and lining up opportunities to train local educators for first responders.

Joining Joe and Sam on this episode are co-host Jamie Davis, the Podmedic and Becky DePodwin.

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Paragon Brings “The Experience”

Paragon Medical Education Group

Paragon Medical Education Group specializes in bringing what they call “The Experience” to jurisdictions around the country. They bring together police, fire, EMS, and hospital teams to train together and learn what to expect from each diverse group in the response team so that each knows what to expect from the other and how to back the other groups up. Visit Paragon’s site at ParagonMedicalGroup.com for more information on how this can be brought into your system.

On this episode we invited Andy Gienapp, MS, NRP, Manager of the Office of Emergency Medical Services, Health Readiness and Response Section, Public Health Division, Wyoming Department of Health. We invited Andy on to discuss the potential demise of many rural EMS services mostly staffed by volunteers.

Not only are there fewer volunteers available, but call volume and expense of maintaining certifications and training have all created an issue across the U.S. in rural even suburban EMS services. The problem will likely get worse before it gets better and the public outcry will be ugly when the tipping point is reached.

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Paragon Brings “The Experience”

Paragon Medical Education Group

Paragon Medical Education Group specializes in bringing what they call “The Experience” to jurisdictions around the country. They bring together police, fire, EMS, and hospital teams to train together and learn what to expect from each diverse group in the response team so that each knows what to expect from the other and how to back the other groups up. Visit Paragon’s site at ParagonMedicalGroup.com for more information on how this can be brought into your system.

On this episode we bring you a blast from the past. As I mentioned last week, the Disaster Podcast team is either all traveling, working, or in the process of moving and we struggled to get together for a new episode, let alone two for last week and this one. So we will bring you an episode of relevant content from the past 7 years on the show.

We got a lot of response from our recent episode with Daniel Zehner from the Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI) on Hurricane Dorian and construction resilience in the face of powerful storms like that. In light of that, here’s the very first episode we did with Daniel about the NHERI program and research that you might find very interesting. Enjoy!

Daniel Zehner from the DesignSafe Radio podcast joins us on the Disaster Podcast this week. He highlights the research opportunities at NHERI for the major hazard areas they look into: wind, earthquakes, tsunami, coastal erosion, and rapid response after events.  His podcast program focuses on the important work of the team at the Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI). NHERI is committed to making sure the next natural hazard doesn’t have to be a disaster for you and your family.

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Paragon Brings “The Experience”

Paragon Medical Education Group

Paragon Medical Education Group specializes in bringing what they call “The Experience” to jurisdictions around the country. They bring together police, fire, EMS, and hospital teams to train together and learn what to expect from each diverse group in the response team so that each knows what to expect from the other and how to back the other groups up. Visit Paragon’s site at ParagonMedicalGroup.com for more information on how this can be brought into your system.

On this episode we bring you a blast from the past. For the next two weeks, the Disaster Podcast team is either all traveling, working, or in the process of moving and we struggled to get together for a new episode, let alone two. So we will bring you an episode of relevant content from the past 7 years on the show.

With the jet stream dipping down from the arctic again this week, it’s time to review our cold weather preparedness and emergency management and treatment so let’s catch up with an episode on that for you. We have Dr. Joe Holley and Cohost Sam Bradley on the call, along with me, Jamie Davis. Enjoy!

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Paragon Brings “The Experience”

Paragon Medical Education Group

Paragon Medical Education Group specializes in bringing what they call “The Experience” to jurisdictions around the country. They bring together police, fire, EMS, and hospital teams to train together and learn what to expect from each diverse group in the response team so that each knows what to expect from the other and how to back the other groups up. Visit Paragon’s site at ParagonMedicalGroup.com for more information on how this can be brought into your system.

wildland-firefighting-forest-wildfiresOn the show this week are Disaster Podcast host, Jamie Davis, Dr. Joe Holley, and our two disaster weather experts, Becky DePodwin and Kyle Nelson. We discuss the raging wildfires in California and the weather conditions that fuel them this time of year. Kyle and Becky cover the origins of the Santa Ana and Diablo winds in Nevada and Utah, fire behavior in the hilly back country around southern California and more.

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Paragon Brings “The Experience”

Paragon Medical Education Group

Paragon Medical Education Group specializes in bringing what they call “The Experience” to jurisdictions around the country. They bring together police, fire, EMS, and hospital teams to train together and learn what to expect from each diverse group in the response team so that each knows what to expect from the other and how to back the other groups up. Visit Paragon’s site at ParagonMedicalGroup.com for more information on how this can be brought into your system.

Dave Grovdahl, EMS Division Head, Onslow County EMS in North Carolina, joins the Disaster Podcast team to talk about his recent presentation findings surrounding his system’s preparations and response to Hurricane’s Florence and Dorian. He shares some of the key things they did to help stage EMS teams for their response during major storms and flooding.

Dave also talks about the wellness physically and mentally of his EMS crews during the multi-day events, as well as the effects the aftermath of the storms weeks and months afterward. Teams experienced stress from being staged together with their teams in close proximity for 5 days or more as well as the stress associated with 11 team members suffering near total structural losses of their homes during Florence while deployed.

In an effort to help spread the word on system and community preparedness and resilience, Dave is willing to chat with leaders in other systems about Onslow County’s planning for storms. Contact Dave by email at David_Grovdahl@OnslowCountyNC.Gov.

On the show this week are Disaster Podcast host, Jamie Davis, who’s joined by Kyle Nelson, our meteorologist, along with co-host Sam Bradley.

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Paragon Brings “The Experience”

Paragon Medical Education Group

Paragon Medical Education Group specializes in bringing what they call “The Experience” to jurisdictions around the country. They bring together police, fire, EMS, and hospital teams to train together and learn what to expect from each diverse group in the response team so that each knows what to expect from the other and how to back the other groups up. Visit Paragon’s site at ParagonMedicalGroup.com for more information on how this can be brought into your system.