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FEMA-USAR-CATF1-5On this special follow-up episode, we have David McPartland, an EMS Captain at Berkley Fire Department. He and a colleague, Captain Linda Buell from Oakland Fire Department, participated in the planning of the FEMA USAR training we covered recently in a double episode with Dr. Joe Holley and Memphis paramedic Patrick McDevitt.

Check out the link here to episode 1 of the two-part USAR Training episode.

Here is the link to episode 2 of the two-part USAR Training episode.

Also on the show were cohosts Jamie Davis and Sam Bradley, as well as a brief drop in report from disaster weather expert Kyle Nelson.

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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Bob Wilson, Cave Dive Expert

In this very timely episode of the Disaster Podcast, we take a look at the extreme technical rescue involved in the recent Thailand cave rescue. As we rejoice that all the boys and their coach were rescued, it is time to talk about the operational aspects of what it took to pull off this rescue.

In order to do that we brought on our water rescue expert Kevin Reiter from WildSafety.com, who also connected us with Cave Diving expert Bob Wilson, of Ocean Services Dive and Marine Consulting (OSDMC) to come on the show. They helped us understand the specific needs of diving in this constricted cave environment and how it would affect the rescue.

Visit the OSDMC Facebook page here.

Also on the show were co-hosts Sam Bradley and Jamie Davis, the Podmedic, Dr. Joe Holley, and our disaster weather expert, meteorologist Kyle Nelson.

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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pills pharmacology WEMSThis week we look at Wilderness EMS Pharmacology. Nancy Pietroski is our guest this evening for the podcast along with Dr. Seth Hawkins rejoining us for this special featured segment from the Wilderness EMS Textbook. Nancy was the primary author for the textbook’s chapter on Wilderness EMS pharmacology.

The Wilderness EMS textbook is designed for EMS providers and leaders who deliver medical care in the wilderness, and those practicing wilderness medicine as part of a formal team. The textbook is a comprehensive, expertly-written reference ideal for this fast-changing and multidisciplinary specialty.

In this episode we will look at:

  • Routes of administration of drugs in an EMS setting
  • Administration of drugs in a wilderness environment (The Rights; how they differ in wild)
  • Principles of medication use in a wilderness environment
  • Drug information resources for wilderness medicine
  • Environmental conditions and effect on medication use
  • Environmental conditions and effect on stability of drugs
  • Expiration dates of drugs and considerations in a wilderness environment
  • Donating drugs for medical missions
  • Medical kits – general factors to consider for a wilderness environment
  • Drugs used in a wilderness environment—discuss certain medical conditions and preferred routes

Also on the show were co-hosts Sam Bradley and Jamie Davis, the Podmedic, Dr. Joe Holley, and our special guest Disaster Weather expert Becky DePodwin.

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.

FEMA-USAR-CATF1-3In this second part of a two-part episode, we are featuring a recent FEMA USAR Medical Specialist Training class taught by Dr. Joe Holley. Joe was at the NASA Ames Research Facility in California. Joining Joe from Tennessee Task Force 1 USAR team was 20-year firefighter-paramedic Patrick McDevitt who went out to California to help with the training there. This course included a full California DMAT deployment alongside the USAR training to practice taking patient handoff and management.

Check out this special episode talking about this amazing training program with hands-on training in collapsed training structures to give the trainees real-life experience. This episode focuses on the final training evolution and the difficulties presented to the class members in these real-life situations.

Also on the show were co-hosts Sam Bradley and Jamie Davis, the Podmedic, as well as our Disaster Weather expert Kyle Nelson.

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.

FEMA-USAR-CATF1-5On this episode, we are featuring a recent FEMA USAR Medical Specialist Training class taught by Dr. Joe Holley. Joe was at the NASA Ames Research Facility in California. Joining Joe from Tennessee Task Force 1 USAR team was 20-year firefighter-paramedic Patrick McDevitt who went out to California to help with the training there. This course included a full California DMAT deployment alongside the USAR training to practice taking patient handoff and management.

Check out this special episode talking about this amazing training program with hands-on training in collapsed training structures to give the trainees real-life experience.

Also on the show were co-hosts Sam Bradley and Jamie Davis, the Podmedic, as well as our Disaster Weather expert Kyle Nelson.

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.

snake bite awarenessIn part two of this two-part episode, we continue our discussion on infectious diseases in the wilderness setting from one of the chapters of the Wilderness EMS Textbook. We bring back overall Wilderness textbook author and coordinator Dr. Seth Hawkins and infectious disease chapter author, Dr. Chris Davis.

Catch Seth’s wilderness medicine podcast Raw Medicine.

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Chris is an Emergency Physician, Wilderness EMS Fellow, owner of a wilderness medicine school, Appalachian Mountain Rescue Team member, and fishing charter captain! He is highly qualified to talk on this subject.

We talk about the relative risks of exposure in the wilderness setting versus an urban or suburban setting. Then we move into the different types of infections seen including pulmonary infections, genitourinary infections, skin and soft tissue infections (MRSA), and GI infections.

We also cover issues about diagnostics in the field, best practices for treatment, and what limited meds might be beneficial to carry into the backcountry. Lastly, the group on the call talks about prevention of illness as a valid way to “treat” the infection. Prevention trumps treatment of an active infection.

Also on the call were Dr. Joe Holley from Paragon Medical Education Group, our disaster weather expert Kyle Nelson, and co-hosts Sam Bradley and Jamie Davis.

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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Wilderness-EMS-Textbook-coverIn part one of this two-part episode, we talk infectious diseases in the wilderness setting from one of the chapters of the Wilderness EMS Textbook. We bring back overall Wilderness textbook author and coordinator Dr. Seth Hawkins and infectious disease chapter author, Dr. Chris Davis.

Catch Seth’s wilderness medicine podcast Raw Medicine.

Wilderness EMS Textbook Facebook page

Chris is an Emergency Physician, Wilderness EMS Fellow, owner of a wilderness medicine school, Appalachian Mountain Rescue Team member, and fishing charter captain! He is highly qualified to talk on this subject.

We talk about the relative risks of exposure in the wilderness setting versus an urban or suburban setting. Then we move into the different types of infections seen including pulmonary infections, genitourinary infections, skin and soft tissue infections (MRSA), and GI infections.

We also cover issues about diagnostics in the field, best practices for treatment, and what limited meds might be beneficial to carry into the backcountry. Lastly, the group on the call talks about prevention of illness as a valid way to “treat” the infection. Prevention trumps treatment of an active infection.

Also on the call were Dr. Joe Holley from Paragon Medical Education Group, our disaster weather expert Kyle Nelson, and co-hosts Sam Bradley and Jamie Davis.

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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On this episode of the Disaster Podcast, we take a look at the history of tornado response in the U.S. and how the difficult lessons learned in those major responses improved systems across the country. Joining the show is disaster weather expert and meteorologist Kyle Nelson, returning guest and meteorologist Becky DePodwin (@wx_becks on Twitter), and Oklahoma paramedic and emergency management operations expert Chris Prutzman.

We talk about the May 3, 1999 tornado to hit the Oklahoma City region that was recorded by the TV crews of the Paramedics television show. Several lessons were learned during that event and Chris talks about how he landed in a new job and was thrown into the middle of the response soon after.

Individual systems can prepare for a more resilient community by employing training and response standards like the incident command system (ICS). Regular training and community education events are also good ideas to keep people engaged with what they can do to better prepare individually.

Tornados in the mid-Atlantic region happen more frequently than we think. Check out this article from 2017 in the Washington Post making the assumption that tornadoes don’t happen too frequently.

Also on this episode are co-hosts Jamie Davis and Sam Bradley.

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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Hurricane Irma Palm Tree WindsWe are talking everything on disaster weather topics in this episode of the podcast. We have a special guest, meteorologist Becky DePodwin (@wx_becks) on the show to share her expertise with us and doubling our meteorologist cred because our disaster weather expert Kyle is on the show, too.

In the first of this two-part episode, we discussed Becky’s background in everything from storm chasing to working in the Accuweather forecast center in State College, Pennsylvania, to her transition to a focus on emergency management. She also is the host or co-host of two different podcasts:

In this second half of the episode, we look at preparedness for weather-related disasters. We cover a review of last season’s disasters including the various hurricanes to hit the coast of the U.S. and island territories. We also look at how previous events color a community’s risk perception and their reaction to things like evacuation orders.

Also on this episode is Dr. Joe Holley, Kyle Nelson, and co-hosts Jamie Davis and Sam Bradley.

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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We are talking everything on disaster weather topics in this episode of the podcast. We have a special guest, meteorologist Becky DePodwin (@wx_becks) on the show to share her expertise with us and doubling our meteorologist cred because our disaster weather expert Kyle is on the show, too.

In the first of this two-part episode, we discuss Becky’s background in everything from storm chasing to working in the Accuweather forecast center in State College, Pennsylvania, to her transition to a focus on emergency management. She also is the host or co-host of two different podcasts:

In this first episode, we look at mental health and the psychological cost of weather-related disasters. What makes people correctly assess their risk for disasters and what leads them to develop things like PTSD in relation to later disasters when they have a near miss or even just watch disaster coverage on TV?

Also on this episode is Dr. Joe Holley, Kyle Nelson, and co-hosts Jamie Davis and Sam Bradley.

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.