Special Event EMS and Mass Shootings with Glen Simpson
Glen Simpson from Las Vegas based Community Ambulance talks event EMS in the face of mass casualty incidents on this week’s show. Glen was the special event coordinator providing care for the Route 61 concert series in Las Vegas the night of the mass shooting incident on October 1 of this year. Join us as he shares his experiences from that night and how planning and preparation helped his team provide care during a very difficult incident.
Notes from Glen’s chat with the podcast crew:
- The special event medical standby service managers should have first name basis relationships with public safety officials.
- Special Event Medical Standby Services require professional pre-planning, assigning the appropriate number of well- equipped, visibly uniformed, ICS trained resources staged strategically throughout the venue. Ambulances should be well marked and located at least two points of egress.
- Standby crews should visibly demonstrate their customer service attitude as they are on notice at special event gatherings.
- Should an event or incident occur, ICS should be set up immediately by a trained ICS manager.
- The special event medical standby service should have enough off-site resources to be immediately scalable. The company should be able to immediately communicate with its off-site and accessible resources. (Very often, the event planners can’t or won’t fund additional resources. It is necessary to at least have additional resources ready to respond even if they are part of your on-duty staff.)
- The company’s communications center tech will be instrumental in the overall success of the incident’s management. For optimal success with incident management, ensure your communications center is robust enough to handle a large-scale incident and that it is linked with the local 9-1-1 system.
- Your special event medical standby service should give credit where it is due and should understand that sometimes there isn’t enough thanks to mitigate the impact of responding to tragic events. Should that be the case, responders should be offered psychological counseling and on-going support.
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Joining Glen on this episode were hosts, Jamie Davis, the Podmedic, Sam Bradley, Kyle Nelson, and Dr. Joe Holley from Paragon Medical Education Group.
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