From the daily archives: "Thursday, September 10, 2015"

wildland-firefighting-forest-fireThis week we look at the recent wildfires covering many areas of the west coast. Disaster Podcast hosts Jamie Davis, the Podmedic, and Sam Bradley are on the show. They are joined by podcast regulars Dr. Joe Holley and Jim Logan from the Paragon Medical Education Group. Also joining the team is paramedic Norm Rooker, a man with 40+ years as a paramedic and a person who now spends his time on major wildfires as a medical support paramedic for fire crews in the camps set up to fight those fires.

What kind of challenges face crews working on the wildland firefighting tasks around the country? Norm shares his vast experience with the team and talks about how crews stay healthy and effective when deployed for long stints on the fire ground. With fires affecting many parts of the pacific northwest in northern California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming, how do these crews work together and what gear do they find indispensible in camp and on the trail? We’ll find out in this conversation with Norm.

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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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