Ski patrol lift rescueWe talk all about ski patrol disasters and in particular how ski lift evacuations are planned and prepared for. This is a two-part episode so make sure you check out Ski Patrol Disaster Training part one last week.

This week on part two:

  • -Subtopic 3: On-mountain safety: chairlifts; importance of wearing helmets; what if you or someone else gets injured?
  • -Subtopic 4: Hypothermia
  • -Subtopic 5: Alcohol and cold weather
  • -Subtopic 6: Frostbite continuum – prevention is key.
  • -Subtopic 7: Harness injuries – imitation crush syndrome

Last week on part one:

  • -Weather hits (California, Colorado, Southeast)
  • -Topic: Ski Resort Accidents and Disasters
  • -Subtopic: Ski Patrol – the mountain first responders – what kinds of disasters do we prepare for? (medical, chairlift, avalanche, fires)
  • -Subtopic 1: Lift Evac: planning, execution, evacuation methods used – 80 passengers evacuated successfully without injury or further incident in 2 hours.
  • -Subtopic 2: Recent chairlift incidents across the country

Joining co-hosts Jamie Davis, the Podmedic and Sam Bradley on this episode are Dr. Joe Holley from Paragon Medical Education Group. Also on the show again is our resident Disaster Meteorologist Kyle Nelson who is a ski patrol member at a ski resort in Colorado.

Check out this episode and if you have questions, leave them here or on our new disaster podcast Facebook Group.


Paragon Brings “The Experience”

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.

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ski patrol tram rescueWe talk all about ski patrol disasters and in particular how ski lift evacuations are planned and prepared for. This is a two-part episode so make sure you follow up for part two next week.

This week on part one:

  • -Weather hits (California, Colorado, Southeast)
  • -Topic: Ski Resort Accidents and Disasters
  • -Subtopic: Ski Patrol – the mountain first responders – what kinds of disasters do we prepare for? (medical, chairlift, avalanche, fires)
  • -Subtopic 1: Lift Evac: planning, execution, evacuation methods used – 80 passengers evacuated successfully without injury or further incident in 2 hours.
  • -Subtopic 2: Recent chairlift incidents across the country

Next week on part two:

  • -Subtopic 3: On-mountain safety: chairlifts; importance of wearing helmets; what if you or someone else gets injured?
  • -Subtopic 4: Hypothermia
  • -Subtopic 5: Alcohol and cold weather
  • -Subtopic 6: Frostbite continuum – prevention is key.
  • -Subtopic 7: Harness injuries – imitation crush syndrome

Joining co-hosts Jamie Davis, the Podmedic and Sam Bradley on this episode are Dr. Joe Holley from Paragon Medical Education Group. Also on the show again is our resident Disaster Meteorologist Kyle Nelson who is a ski patrol member at a ski resort in Colorado.

Check out this episode and if you have questions, leave them here or on our new disaster podcast Facebook Group.


Paragon Brings “The Experience”

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.

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community preparednessIn this episode of the Disaster Podcast, we address how community organizers can best promote disaster preparedness and community resiliency. This episode’s topic comes in response to an email from listener Andrew who asks us:

“I was wondering if you would entertain the idea of an episode regarding Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs), Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters (VOADs), or Community Organizations Active in Disasters (COADs). I’d be interested in hearing how smaller, rural, remote, communities or groups of small communities plan, respond, and recover from disasters from the perspective of NGOs. How do other areas tie in all the different NGOs and faith based orgs in the response and recovery process. I’d love to include preparedness but we struggle with getting families to prepare for disasters as it is. Faith based groups, businesses, civic groups all seem busy enough just staying afloat. It seems preparedness, while important, tends to take a back seat.”

Joining co-hosts Jamie Davis, the Podmedic and Sam Bradley on this episode are Dr. Joe Holley and Jim Logan from Paragon Medical Education Group. Also on the show again is our resident Disaster Meteorologist Kyle Nelson.

Check out this episode and if you have questions, leave them here or on our new disaster podcast Facebook Group.


Paragon Brings “The Experience”

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.

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toxic leadership humiliationOn this episode of the Disaster Podcast, we have a special guest on the show to talk about the importance of taking on toxic leadership environments head on and knowing when it’s time to cut your losses and leave. Hosts Jamie Davis, the Podmedic and Sam Bradley are joined by Dr. Jullette Saussy. Dr. Saussy was the medical director for New Orleans Fire and EMS Department during the Hurricane Katrina response and aftermath. She later was asked to become the medical director of the beleaguered Washington, D.C. Fire Department. Jullette talks with us candidly about her experience in our nation’s capital and the toxic situation she encountered within the fire department leadership there.

Check out this episode and if you have questions, leave them here or on our new disaster podcast Facebook Group.


Paragon Brings “The Experience”

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.

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hurricane katrinaOn this episode of the Disaster Podcast, we have a special guest on the show to talk about managing triage in disaster situations. Hosts Jamie Davis, the Podmedic and Sam Bradley are joined by Dr. Jullette Saussy. Dr. Saussy was the medical director for New Orleans Fire and EMS Department during the Hurricane Katrina response and aftermath. She was an EMT and paramedic before she went on to become an ER doctor in New Orleans. She talks about the importance of building relationships with the people connected with your mutual aid partners at the state and federal level ahead of the day of the disaster.

Check out this episode and if you have questions, leave them here or on our new disaster podcast Facebook Group.


Paragon Brings “The Experience”

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.

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disaster triage paramedicsOn this episode of the Disaster Podcast, we have special guests on the show to talk about managing triage in disaster situations. Hosts Jamie Davis, the Podmedic and Sam Bradley are joined by Jeff Lengyel – Product Manager at Disaster Management Systems, Inc. (DMS) and David Crowl – Hospital Specialist Product Manager at DMS.

Check out this episode and if you have questions, leave them here or on our new disaster podcast Facebook Group.


Paragon Brings “The Experience”

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.

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disaster weather

Meteorologist Kyle Nelson

This week we bring back podcast listener and disaster meteorology expert Kyle Nelson on the show to talk about how the weather influences the severity and scope of all sorts of disasters. Kyle is an educator with the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center which offers no-cost social media and natural hazards training courses for responders, community partners & the public. You can connect with Kyle via our Disaster Podcast Facebook group or on Twitter at @WxKyleNelson.

We talk with Kyle about disaster weather topics to pick his brain on how weather affects disaster impacts and responses. He answers questions from Dr. Joe Holley carried over from last week’s podcast on the Gatlinburg Wildfires. One question was on the effects of humidity on wildfire risk and spread. Here’s a link to more info on fire risk and relative humidity from the National Park Service.

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Paragon Brings “The Experience”

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.

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gatlinburg-wildfire-riskThis week on the show we bring you a look at the devastating Gatlinburg, Tennessee region wildfires that brought death and destruction to that area of the eastern half of the U.S. Hosts Jamie Davis, the Podmedic and Sam Bradley get on the phone with Dr. Joe Holley and paramedic Jim Logan to talk about the response from state and local officials to this disaster.

We also have podcast listener and disaster meteorology expert Kyle Nelson on the show to talk about how the weather influences the severity and scope of wildfires. Kyle is an educator with the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center which offers no-cost social media and natural hazards training courses for responders, community partners & the public. You can connect with Kyle via our Disaster Podcast Facebook group or on Twitter at @WxKyleNelson.

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Paragon Brings “The Experience”

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.

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oklahoma earthquakeJoining the gang this week on the Disaster Podcast is past guest from Oklahoma Chris Prutzman. We contacted Chris following an article we found on a recent spate of earthquakes in the Oklahoma region. Co-hosts Jamie Davis, the Podmedic and paramedic Sam Bradley chat with Chris about how prepared the region is to handle these types of incidents. Check it out.


Paragon Brings “The Experience”

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.

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We revisit the response to Hurricane Matthew again this week on the Disaster Podcast with a look at the international response in places like Haiti. Joining our hosts Jamie Davis, the Podmedic and Sam Bradley on this episode are Dr. Joe Holley from Paragon Medical Education Group and our special guest, Carol Lynn Singleton. Carol Lynn is a nurse practitioner who responded to the Haiti hurricane aftermath with a church-based non-governmental organization (NGO).

Among the problems she reported on were dealing with food and waterborne diseases like cholera in the small village in which she was deployed. Antibiotics, antidiarrheals, antiemetics were dispensed in large quantities but it was still not enough all the time while Carol Lynn was there.

In this episode, we learn that disasters are the ultimate resource management exercise. Everything turns into a resource that you don’t have enough of to do what you’d like so it becomes a matter of what you really needs-based on a triage of the situation.


Paragon Brings “The Experience”

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.

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