Grand Canyon Rescue ServicesWe are going to bring you a potpourri of topics to start off this episode. We start off with Kyle Nelson’s weekly weather report on a rash of tornadoes sweeping through the lower midwest the week we recorded this episode. Then we chat briefly with B.J. Schneider about a drunk driver careening into crowds on a Mardi Gras parade route in Louisiana.
The real topic of the call is to cover preparedness and prehospital care with Dr. Drew Harrell, medical director for the Grand Canyon National Park. Their service deals with rough terrain, swift water rescues, rabid animal outbreaks, high angle rescue, air lifts and more. They have serious challenges that put them almost always at an extreme distance from definitive care. Often, rescuers spend the night with their patients before a rescue can be staged.
Drew shares some of the amazing rescue and prevention situations worked by the PSAR teams (Park Search and Rescue). In the summer months especially, they deal with many exertional hyponatremia cases where the PSAR teams have to replenish both fluids and electrolytes in life-threatening medical cases.

Find Dr. Drew Harrell on Twitter @EMSDrDrew.

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.

Trek MedicsIn this episode, Disaster Podcast co-hosts Jamie Davis and Sam Bradley are joined by Jason Friesen, the founder of Trek Medics International. Trek Medics is a non-profit organization that focuses on providing access to emergency medical services in third world countries.
Trek Medics started as a loose-knit collection of your every-day responders — paramedics, EMTs, nurses, and doctors — who formed a unique bond through disaster deployments and international development programs. Even after thousands of hours working on the street and in emergency departments, what really opened our eyes to the need for an adaptable and inexpensive EMS systems in developing countries was the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Our experiences there forever forged the mission of Trek Medics.
Trek Medics developed Beacon to help with the delivery of care. Beacon is an open-source text message-based emergency medical dispatching platform designed by Trek Medics International and developed specifically for communities where consistent ambulance response is not available. By relaying text messages from the scene of an emergency to trained responders throughout the community, Beacon enables the nearest available emergency care providers to quickly locate, treat, and transport emergency victims to local hospitals.

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.

Dr Brian Froelke Joplin Tornado

Dr Brian Froelke

On the show this week we have a return visit from Dr. Brian Froelke from Missouri to do a follow-up episode from our recent episode with Tamara Heiner about the resilient women of Joplin.

Also joining us on the show is our resident weather expert, Kyle Nelson (@wxKyleNelson) to talk about the disaster weather outlook and news for the week.

About Dr. Brian Froelke

Brian works as an ER doc at a level 1 trauma center in the St. Louis area situated at Washington College. He’s also involved with federal DMAT response and a variety of state-level disaster response programs. He responded to the Joplin tornado disaster with the state disaster teams.

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.

Event EMS at Winter X-GamesOn this episode, we are joined by Kyle Nelson ( https://twitter.com/wxkylenelson ) our resident weather expert and ski patrol member, and also BJ Schneider, paramedic, author, and the host of his own podcast the Words Off The Street Podcast. http://wordsoffthestreet.com
Kyle kicks off with a look at the weather report in disaster situations including the recent New Orleans tornado situations the week previous to our recordings. BJ shares some more details of the EMS and other first responder actions in the aftermath of the tornados. Up to forty people were injured in the event but thankfully, no one was killed.
Looking ahead, Kyle looks at the continued wet forecast for the west coast including the Orville, California Dam that is at risk of some failures. Two hundred thousand residents downstream were evacuated until the water levels subside. http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/14/us/california-oroville-dam-spillway-failure/
Moving on, we kick into our look at caring for attendees and athletes at special events like the Winter X-Games in Aspen, Colorado. These games present a series of events and situations that challenges the medical response team for injuries and medical situations for both athletes and spectators.
BJ brings in his experience with the medical management of the New Orleans Mardi Gras crowd. The date for Mardi Gras changes each year with the shifting dates of the Easter holiday. When the event happens earlier in the year, it’s cooler and fewer people attend. When the event happens later, it’s warmer and more people come to the event.

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.

Extraodinary-Women-of-JoplinOn tonight’s episode, we are joined by author Tamara Hart Heiner, author of “Tornado Warning: The Extraordinary Women of Joplin.” Co-host Sam Bradley found this excellent book written by Tamara, a romance fiction author who lived near Joplin during the storm. After the EF-5 Tornado struck Joplin, Tamara wanted to offer some measure of support and decided to interview other women like her who’d lived through the storm and survived the Joplin tornado.

Also on the show is our weather expert, Kyle Nelson with a disaster weather update. Dr. Joe Holley from Paragon Medical Education Group shared his expertise in urban search and rescue (USAR), as well. The Joplin tornado, on May 22, 2011 caused massive destruction along a one-mile-wide swath through the Missouri city and countryside. You may remember

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.

disasterdoc

Dr. Mark Keim MD, MBA

Bringing on a special guest this evening with Dr. Mark Keim MD, MBA (a.k.a. the DisasterDoc™) who comes on to talk about disaster training and these topics in particular:

  1. Professionalization of disaster medical/nursing and public health response
  2. Career ladders in disaster-related health field.
  3. Competency-based education
We start off the show with a disaster weather report from our disaster weather expert Kyle Nelson, our meteorologist in Aspen, Colorado. Then we join with co-hosts Sam Bradley and Jamie Davis, the Podmedic, along with Dr. Joe Holley from Paragon Medical Education Group. The team chats with Dr. Mark about his experiences in training professionals for disasters.
Mark is the DisasterDoc™ (DisasterDoc.org) and helps experts and everyday people to better understand disasters so that they can protect themselves, their families and their communities. He is a prolific author, speaker, consultant and the founder of DisasterDoc™, Mark is one of the most widely recognized disaster medical experts in the world. His passion for disaster preparedness developed after he survived a tornado that destroyed his home and claimed the lives of 13 people. This near-death experience shaped his life and inspired his message to the world – empowerment through preparation.

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.

Disaster-First-Aid-KitThis week we address a comment from a listener over at the Disaster Podcast site who asked about what we would recommend putting in a disaster responder’s first aid kit. This differs from what you might find recommended for a home disaster kit with first aid supplies.

The listener wrote:

“Every time I start to think about it, the kit gets bigger at first but then gets small again. It seems to me that you could manage most life-threatening conditions with only the following items. Gloves, an n95 mask, a pocket CPR mask or barrier, a commercial tourniquet, a space blanket, a couple 4 X 4’s, and duct tape.”

Joining co-hosts Jamie Davis, the Podmedic and Sam Bradley on this episode’s discussion are Dr. Joe Holley 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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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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