hand holding gun active shooterOn this episode of the Disaster Podcast host Jamie Davis, the Podmedic caught up with a team of educators from Paragon Medical Education Group in Nashville, Tennessee by phone after they had taught a two-day active shooter training class for a group of diverse responders and medical professionals. Included in the class were emergency medical services responders (EMS) like EMTs and paramedics, police officers, fire fighters and hospital staff like doctors and nurses.

The focus of the class was to teach them how to work together to save lives immediately after the onset of these incidents. The goal is to work more closely with police officers clearing the scene so that injured victims can be treated quickly enough to save lives that had previously been lost due to rapid blood loss from wounds.

This is a challenge for first responders who have been taught for years to “stage” at a safe distance until the shooter is found and the building cleared. This scene safety paradigm is changing so that EMS crews enter the scene right behind police officers who quickly establish a safe perimeter around victims so that paramedics and EMTs can treat and transport victims more rapidly.

Again, a special thank-you to Paragon Medical Education Group for their continued support of this podcast as our partners in this endeavor to bring disaster medicine to you. Check out their page and educational resources that can help your system be more prepared for what happens in your area.

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