FF/Paramedic City of Glens Falls Fire Department Queensbury, New York
Firefighter LODDs have decreased over the past decade, but in many ways present-day structural fires are more dangerous than ever for those on the fireground. Firefighters still die of cardiac arrest, cancer-causing carcinogens are becoming known, and general victims are always a possibility. Complacency can kill instantly or over time, which is why EMS must be proactive on the fireground. This session explores the five R's of EMS on the fireground: resources, readiness, retirement, rehab, and relationships. It begins with background like mortality rates, firefighter resuscitation, safety, communication, and medical monitoring; then puts new knowledge to the test with firefighter-down CPR scenarios and tabletop exercises.
Knowledgeably reference NFPA 1584 and understand the importance of firefighter rehab and medical monitoring.
Implement and execute firefighter-down resuscitation programs within your own agency or practice.
Describe and implement the common resources needed to properly and safely provide EMS coverage and assistance on the fireground.
Be able to list and mitigate the short- and long-term dangers to all those who function on the fireground.
Better engage colleagues in the fire service and foster working relationships.