From the monthly archives: "October 2017"

california-wildfires-prepperWe talk about a prepper podcast medical training weekend run by Kevin Reiter, Sam Bradley, and Kyle Nelson on this week’s episode. Before we get to that, we touch on the weather of the week with a review of Hurricane Nate and the Wildfire situation in northern California.

After the weather and fire updates, the team transitions into a look at a training weekend run by Kevin Reiter from WildSafety.com. He invited Sam and Kyle in to train a group of prepper podcasters and their listener community. The prepper podcasters included SurvivalistPrepper.net and Mind4Survival.com.

Disaster Never Sleeps, Neither Do We

We will be bringing you more special updates from our Disaster Podcast team members as we get them in from around the world.

Stay tuned here to the Disaster Podcast website at DisasterPodcast.com or on our Disaster Podcast Facebook group for updates and discussion.



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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Chief Greg CassellI just watched an amazing and informative press conference with the chief of Clark County FD, Greg Cassell. He related some information I had not heard from other channels that primarily focused on the police response to the event.

Their response started mere seconds after the gunfire started when an engine (Engine 11), returning to the station after an MVA, was passing by the concert venue. The sound of gunfire was noted and the officer in charge called in to dispatch just as wounded and fleeing concert-goers flooded into the street around them.

Here’s the press conference in full. Read on below for more of my notes.

In addition to relating the series of events from the fire department’s perspective, Chief Cassell also said much of what Jim Logan stressed in our episode earlier this week on the tragic events of Sunday night and Monday morning. The Las Vegas area fire departments and specifically Clark County FD’s hard work and training between other local agencies paid off.

Cassell said, “If this had happened 10 years ago, I can tell you many more people would have died.”

He also said that they never had a chance to set up a traditional transport staging area because as the responding EMS and fire units came in from all directions, they encountered fleeing victims spreading out blocks away from the venue. The responders’ training allowed them to improvise and stop where they were to begin care and stop patients at their locations. This meant multiple first-in units set up incident mass casualty treatment locations rather than a single event triage area.

Also of note, the overall joint task force ended up with SIXTEEN police/EMS task force units (2 PD officers and 3-4 Fire/EMS personnel each). They spread out to contact and secure patients and fleeing concert goers around the city sheltering in locations where there were reports of other shooters and wounded from the concert. These people were all in various surrounding hotels and venues away from the concert location. In total, there were 170+ total FD and EMS personnel in the response and transport of patients from the event.

Chief Cassell repeatedly said that in recent years they trained alongside PD and other area fire departments and agencies as if an attack on their city was a “when” not an “if” event. He was frank about how he’d presented on what they’d done to prepare at various conferences over the years and received a lukewarm response. He also said he believed his departments’s AAR (after action report) of this event’s response would lead to new standards across the country. (More of what our Jim Logan alluded to in the recent episode.)

You can check out our episode for more of our thoughts at the link below:

http://disasterpodcast.com/2017/10/las-vegas-active-shooter/

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active shooter police swatIn this episode of the Disaster Podcast, we look at the early response to the Las Vegas active shooter incident on October 1st. At the time of this recording, the death toll was 59 with 527 people injured. The injured had injuries ranging from gunshot wounds, to trampling, to reports of one individual struck by a motor vehicle. On the show this week are Kyle Nelson our disaster social media expert and weather expert, Dr. Joe Holley and Jim Logan from Paragon Medical Education Group, and co-host Sam Bradley.

Las Vegas and the surrounding community of first responders headed toward the sound of the guns, managing hundreds of dead and severely wounded patients. In addition to fire, police and EMS units treating and transporting patients, many of the patients were transported to local hospitals by civilian vehicles or walked in on their own.

Dr. Joe Holley points out how hospitals today have very little surge capacity from day to day. To receive hundreds of seriously injured patients over the course of a few hours would be devastating to staff and patients alike.

Training and ongoing system-wide protocols and procedures may have made a difference in the handling and outcomes for patients and responders alike. Jim Logan from Paragon Medical Education Group talks about the national discussion about the proper response to active shooter incidents. Some systems continue to resist changes to the nationally accepted best practices based on the hard lessons learned during these active shooter situations.

Disaster Never Sleeps, Neither Do We

We will be bringing you more special updates from our Disaster Podcast team members as we get them in from around the world.

Stay tuned here to the Disaster Podcast website at DisasterPodcast.com or on our Disaster Podcast Facebook group for updates and discussion.



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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