Hurricane Matthew pet preparednessIn this episode of the Disaster Podcast, we bring on Dr. Joe Holley and his Wife Kimberly Holley to talk about dealing with the stress of a deployment for the family of a disaster responder. We also talk about helping family members deal with the aftermath of disaster responses and how families of responders can work together to stay informed and provide support.

Kimberly mentioned the USAR Foundation she is active in supporting. Check out the link for more information on this important organization.

Also on the show this week are co-hosts Sam Bradley, and Jamie Davis, along with dispatcher and disaster weather expert, Kyle Nelson.

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Paragon Brings “The Experience”

Paragon Medical Education Group

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.

xgames-snowboarder-ski-skiingIn this week’s episode, we chat with our regular dispatcher and disaster weather expert, Kyle Nelson. Kyle fulfilled several roles covering the response aspects of the 2020 Winter X-Games in Aspen, Colorado.

He shares a look behind the scenes on preplanning for the event that brings an additional 100,000 people into a county that has fewer than 30,000 year-round residents. This puts a strain on all aspects of the first responder community and requires planning and partnerships with other local, state, and federal resources to pull off.

Also on the show this week are co-hosts Sam Bradley, and Jamie Davis, along with Becky DePodwin.

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Paragon Brings “The Experience”

Paragon Medical Education Group

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.

coronavirus imageIn this week’s episode, we cover a couple of topics. First we chat with Dr. Joe Holley about the recent coronavirus outbreak and its spread worldwide. The podcast crew covers the need to seek out reliable information. We also talk about the need for health professionals and all emergency response persons to be sources of high quality and up-to-date information on the outbreak.

The best source for people inside the U.S. is with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). They have a dedicated series of pages for all the relevant information on the coronavirus outbreak with information for the public, for healthcare professionals, and public health teams. Make sure you head over and check it out at the link above.

After our extensive discussion about the viral outbreak, we shift gears and bring in meteorologist and emergency management expert, Becky DePodwin. Becky chats about her frequent attendance of weather-related professional conferences. She focuses on the increased awareness of meteorologists about weather disasters and the impact of forecasts on response and public reaction.

Also on the show this week are co-hosts Sam Bradley, and Jamie Davis.

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Paragon Brings “The Experience”

Paragon Medical Education Group

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. Joe Holley and his co-author Dr. Johanna C. Moore joined the podcast for this episode to talk about their recently published research on the effectiveness of various supraglottic airway devices during CPR. Specifically, the study looked how well the various devices maintained an airtight seal to develop negative intrathoracic pressure when using an impedance threshold device during ventilation.

We discuss the methods and process used during the study, the specific devices reviewed, and the final results and conclusions for the various supraglottic airway devices. The two doctors also discuss the challenges bringing the findings of CPR research down to the street level and implementing change in patient care during sudden cardiac arrest.

On the show this week are co-hosts Sam Bradley, and Jamie Davis.

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Paragon Brings “The Experience”

Paragon Medical Education Group

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.

stress affects everyone

stress affects everyone

We brought back Dan McGuire from CISM Perspectives to talk about updates to the ways work-related stress for first responders is handled. The biggest change Dan noted was a focus on building resiliency into initial first responder education and ongoing training before the critical incident occurs.

One of the biggest changes Dan advocates for is to change the name from “Stress Disorder” to “Stress Injury.” This removes the stigma of a disorder and helps responders relate to the possibility of long-term injury in response to work-related stress.

On the show this week are co-hosts Sam Bradley, disaster weather expert, Kyle Nelson, Dr. Joe Holley, and Jamie Davis.

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Paragon Brings “The Experience”

Paragon Medical Education Group

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.

It’s been a great year of podcasts here at the Disaster Podcast. In this episode (part 3 of 3), the whole team comes by to talk about their picks for top topics to cover in 2020. We have Dr. Joe Holley, meteorologist and emergency dispatcher Kyle Nelson, meteorologist and emergency management expert Becky DePodwin, podcast co-host and paramedic Sam Bradley, and Jamie Davis, the Podmedic.

Dr. Joe Holley’s picks for 2020 Topics:

“More law enforcement involvement.  Lets also get some of my Military Special Operators on to cover the uniqueness of what they do and how they train, and perhaps interview more physician leaders in EMS, Wilderness, and disaster.”

Becky DePodwin’s picks for 2020 Topics:

“Volcanoes and response to eruptions. Thinking of the incident this week, where a cruise ship expedition was going on when an eruptions occured in New Zealand. Still people missing, I believe.”

“How tourism fits into disaster prep and response. How do you handle people who aren’t familiar with an area, the potential risks, or evac routes, etc.”

Kyle Nelson’s picks for 2020 Topics:

“Continued innovation. Technologies, ideas and unique disaster & medical operations globally that disrupt the norm (tools, techniques, plans) of today’s disaster response. We can highlight what the future of disaster response may look like as well as real-life challenges/successes of such responses.”
“Responder education. As the complexity of disaster response continues to evolve, so does the skill sets required of disaster responders. What interdisciplinary skill sets are being taught, what gaps exist, and how is that projected to evolve into the future.”

Jamie Davis’s picks for 2020 Topics:

“I’d like to see us focus on how technology can be better leveraged for preparedness and response (weather modeling, drones for recon, apps for volunteers, logistics tools)”

Come back next week for the first episode of the year 2020 on the Disaster Podcast. It’s going to kick things off with a focus on responder wellness.

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Paragon Brings “The Experience”

Paragon Medical Education Group

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.

It’s been a great year of podcasts here at the Disaster Podcast. In this episode (part 2 of 3), the whole team comes by to talk about the year’s best episodes and topics. We have Dr. Joe Holley, meteorologist and emergency dispatcher Kyle Nelson, meteorologist and emergency management expert Becky DePodwin, podcast co-host and paramedic Sam Bradley, and Jamie Davis, the Podmedic.

Kyle Nelson’s picks for top episodes:

Jamie Davis’s top episode picks:

Come back next week for the final episode of the year where we will discuss our topics to be covered in 2020 on the Disaster Podcast.

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Paragon Brings “The Experience”

Paragon Medical Education Group

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.

It’s been a great year of podcasts here at the Disaster Podcast. In this episode (part 1 of 3), the whole team comes by to talk about the year’s best episodes and topics. We have Dr. Joe Holley, meteorologist and emergency dispatcher Kyle Nelson, meteorologist and emergency management expert Becky DePodwin, podcast co-host and paramedic Sam Bradley, and Jamie Davis, the Podmedic.

Dr. Joe Holley’s picks for top episodes:

Becky DePodwin’s top episode picks:

Come back next week for the top episode picks from Jamie, Kyle, and Sam Bradley. And watch for the final episode of the year where we will discuss our topics to be covered in 2020 on the Disaster Podcast.

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Paragon Brings “The Experience”

Paragon Medical Education Group

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.

Joe Holley Cadaver Research in CPRIn this special episode, we talk about what it takes to create a customized, large-scale drill for training first responders and you community health services in the event of a disaster, man-made or natural. We focus especially on how the gang at Paragon Medical Education Group assemble their customized training experiences.

Dr. Joe Holley from Paragon walks co-host Sam Bradley through a hypothetical active shooter drill in a suburban community. We talk about working with all local resources, bringing in stake-holders, and lining up opportunities to train local educators for first responders.

Joining Joe and Sam on this episode are co-host Jamie Davis, the Podmedic and Becky DePodwin.

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Paragon Brings “The Experience”

Paragon Medical Education Group

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.

On this episode we invited Andy Gienapp, MS, NRP, Manager of the Office of Emergency Medical Services, Health Readiness and Response Section, Public Health Division, Wyoming Department of Health. We invited Andy on to discuss the potential demise of many rural EMS services mostly staffed by volunteers.

Not only are there fewer volunteers available, but call volume and expense of maintaining certifications and training have all created an issue across the U.S. in rural even suburban EMS services. The problem will likely get worse before it gets better and the public outcry will be ugly when the tipping point is reached.

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Paragon Brings “The Experience”

Paragon Medical Education Group

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.