wilderness ems hikingThe Disaster Podcast team is back with a look at burnout for Wilderness EMS responders this week. James Corbin (@Wilderness_PA on Twitter) joins the discussion along with new guest David Bremson.

The podcast team and our guests discuss the challenges around regular training, loss of desire to continue in the field, and other ways responders become overwhelmed enough to burn out and lose effectiveness.

Also on the show were co-hosts Sam Bradley, and Jamie Davis, along with Dr. Joe Holley, and our disaster weather experts, Kyle Nelson 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.

vaccine administrationThe Disaster Podcast team is back with a look at vaccine distribution plans in the U.S. during the pandemic. Jim Logan from Paragon Medical Education Group comes back on the show after assuming a role in his local health department to help with vaccine dispersal and administration plans.

After a brief discussion on recent weather trends and the activity in the tropics for the Atlantic and Gulf coasts with Becky Depodwin, we do a deep dive into how vaccines will be released after due scientific approval following all appropriate patient trials have proven safety and efficacy.

The team wraps up the show with a retrospective on the nineteenth anniversary of 9/11. Sam Bradley recounts her experiences during deployment to Ground Zero at the site of the World Trade Center tower collapse following the attacks. Dr. Joe Holley and Jim Logan share a few powerful personal stories from their deployment as part of the USAR teams at the Pentagon after the attacks. All agree this day is a special one we must remember.

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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.

Hurricane Matthew RespondersThe Disaster Podcast team is back with a look at challenges around volunteer retention this week. James Corbin (@Wilderness_PA on Twitter) joins the discussion along with new guest David Bremson.

Before the volunteer discussion, our disaster weather experts, Kyle Nelson and Becky Depodwin, return with a look at the aftermath of major Hurricane Laura. After their report, Dr. Joe Holley shares his after action report from his FEMA deployment to Louisiana to support storm response.

Also on the show were 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.

Hurricane Laura day_cone_no_line_and_windOur disaster weather experts, Kyle Nelson and Becky Depodwin, come back on this episode of the Disaster Podcast to discuss the demise of Tropical Storm Marco and the pending strengthening and landfall of major Hurricane Laura.

Dr. Joe Holley has been activated by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) as part of the IST (Incident Support Team) for the pending disaster. Joe called in while on the road to Baton Rouge, Louisiana with the team. He explained the process for activating the Federal resources and how they will support local and state response and disaster teams as needed.

Also on the show were 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.

Tropical Stormy Weather AheadOur disaster weather experts, Kyle Nelson and Becky Depodwin, come on this episode of the Disaster Podcast to review some of last week’s weather events and look foward to the coming week in weather. Last week’s Derecho weather event that struck the upper midwest is still under investigation by the National Weather Service. Evidence seems to point at even higher wind strength than originally predicted. This may explain the extensive infrastructure damage sustained in places like Iowa, Illinois, and Indiana.

Then we move forward where Kyle and Becky talk about wild-fires and the unique weather phenomena created by these massive blazes. Kyle explains in detail how one California wildfire created a fire storm tornado warning last week.

The team also looks forward as tropical disturbances track forward in the Atlantic basin. At the time of recording, two tropical depressions had formed and threatened to track towards inhabited areas, including the western Caribbean, the eastern Caribbean, the Yucatan Peninsula, and the southern and Gulf states in the United States.The team ponders what would happen if two tropical storms converge on each other and we all learn about the Fujiwhara Effect.

Also on the show were co-hosts Sam Bradley, and Jamie Davis, and Dr. Joe Holley.

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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.

tornado damage derechoOur disaster weather expert Kyle Nelson rejoins the team this week. He comes on just in time to talk about the extreme weather that struck the upper Midwest of the United States earlier this week. Kyle defines the term Derecho and how it forms a storm front a hundred or more miles long with hurricane force straight line winds.

Also on the show were co-hosts Sam Bradley, and Jamie Davis, and Dr. Joe Holley.

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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.

FEMA-USAR-CATF1-3In this episode, we spend most of our time discussing the impacts and rescue efforts surrounding the recent chemical explosion in Beirut, Lebanon. Dr. Joe Holley discusses the systemic medical impacts to the city’s infrastructure as well as the USAR (urban search and rescue) challenges faced by responders.

Also on the show, our disaster weather expert, Becky DePodwin, also gives us a tropical weather update on Hurricane Isaias in the aftermath of its landfall in North Carolina and it’s sweep up through the northeastern U.S. You can keep track of updates at the National Hurricane Center Website at Hurricanes.gov.

Also on the show were co-hosts Sam Bradley, and Jamie Davis, and Dr. Joe Holley.

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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.

CEDR Digital Corps LogoIn this episode, we have guest Rob Neppell on the show. Rob is the Technology Innovation & Incident Readiness Lead for CEDR Digital Corps. CEDR is a group of over 900 volunteers who have done work involving rescue facilitation initially for Hurricane Irma.

They later moved on to collecting and mapping conditions on the ground for disaster victims, their families on the mainland, government agencies and disaster response organizations on the ground. In addition to mapping, the group added to their work the research and creation of infographics on health and safety information to share via social media and regular broadcasts in Spanish and English.

Follow them on Twitter: https://twitter.com/cedrdigital

or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CEDRdigital/

Also on the show, our disaster weather expert, Becky DePodwin, also gives us a tropical weather update on Hurricane Isaias in the Atlantic as it moves towards the U.S. east coast in the coming days. You can keep track of updates at the National Hurricane Center Website at Hurricanes.gov.

Also on the show were co-hosts Sam Bradley, and Jamie Davis, and Dr. Joe Holley.

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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.

hot weather in sunny desert sceneIn the current hot summer weather, first responders and disaster teams still have to train. We bring back past guest James Corbin (@Wilderness_PA on Twitter) to talk about how to train in hot weather and how doing that training has positive effect on fitness. He and Dr. Joe Holley talk about the ways the body’s physiology adjusts to regular exertion in hot weather. This is a must listen for the current time.

Our disaster weather expert, Becky DePodwin, also gives us a tropical weather update on Tropical Storm Gonzalo in the Atlantic, Tropical Storm Hanna in the Gulf of Mexico, and Hurrican Douglas in the Pacific. We’re getting into the busier times of the Hurricane season. You can keep track of updates at the National Hurricane Center Website at Hurricanes.gov.

Also on the show were co-hosts Sam Bradley, and Jamie Davis, our disaster weather expert, Becky DePodwin, and Dr. Joe Holley.

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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.

Hyperbaric Medicine ChamberThe team dives into a look at Hyperbaric Medicine today with our special guest Paul Watts, Hyperbaric Safety Director at Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada. The use of a chamber to increase the atmospheric pressure around a patient can be used for everything from wound care to treatment of dive injuries.

Paul, and our guest Kevin Reiter from the Wilderness Safety Instititute, stressed the importance of contacting DAN (Divers Alert Network) to locate the appropriate hyperbaric treatment chamber for your patient. That phone number for your reference is +1-919-684-9111.

Also on the show were co-hosts Sam Bradley, and Jamie Davis, our disaster weather expert, Becky DePodwin, and Dr. Joe Holley.

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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.