Monday, October 19, 2020
When cell phones are overloaded or down and power is out how will you communicate? Imagine not being able to communicate with family and friends in an emergency.
We need a community communications group to gather information on who's injured, what roads are closed, and what we need.
Many people already own FRS radios, those are the little bubble pack radios like sold at Walmart.
These would communicate with other FRS radios and the more powerful GMRS radios. These would communicate with ham radio operators or networked GMRS radios who would contact emergency services.
Read Community and “Prepper” CommunicationsBy James Wades, National Emergency Communications Coordinator, Radio Relay International
Without communications we have nothing..
Sunday, October 18, 2020
Phyllis Aitken and Doug Braaten have the knowledge and experience to help our fire district.
It's so important that we vote for board members who support volunteers for the fire district.
We have lost too much local control of OUR fire district and we need that back.
Saturday, October 17, 2020
I met with Chief Winn September 15th about being a volunteer again. I told him I would like to do three things to help the district. Drive equipment when needed, set up emergency communications, and follow up on illegal burns, and I explained why.
I'm too old to drag hose but I can go out with Scott on brush fires so we have 2 people making it safer. I drove truck for years and would like to drive equipment when needed. I don't know how many millennials can drive a stick shift let alone the 10 speed transmission in one of our water tenders.
The ability to communicate is the most important tool a fire district has. Without communications there's nothing.
In a disaster without communications there's no way to know who needs help or what roads are open and passable. Remember our fire trucks get stuck quite often now, what if we had an earthquake? Not knowing what roads are open becomes a life and death situation if the fire truck gets stuck.
I asked Chief Winn if since becoming chief if he had registered his cell phone with WPS the Wireless Priority System.
He didn't even know what WPS was, so I assume his phone is not registered. He didn't know if the station phones were registered with TSP the Telecommunications Service Priority
That means in a disaster the chief and our fire stations would have no better chance of making a call on an overloaded system than you or I do, slim to none.
When I asked the chief how the LMRFD would communicate if our local repeater and cell phones were to go down. Chief Winn looked like a deer in the headlights, you know that thousand yard stare like you don't know which way to go. He has no idea how we would communicate in a disaster. Mohave County Emergency Management has limited emergency communications that would go to more populated areas.
I was shocked Chief Winn didn't know that after 9-11 Congress had authorized a stand alone cellular network designed and built for first responders called FirstNet. FirstNet has high power equipment for rural areas like ours.
I've been a ham radio operator for 40 years and operate a local GMRS repeater on the national emergency frequency in Dolan. I wanted to help set up an emergency communications group of volunteers for Dolan Springs and Meadview so we could gather information in a disaster and get that information to first responders.
I wanted to follow up on illegal burns and educate people about the dangers during a burning ban and the laws about burning garbage and burning permits. If education didn't work then call MCSO and work with a deputy to get a citation issued. I told the chief I felt many people were from other countries and may respond better to someone wearing a uniform shirt with fire dist patches rather than a tee-shirt. Every time we get called out units respond from Dolan and Meadview putting firefighters at risk running code especially at night with our cows.
I met with Chief Winn September 15th he said he'd get back to me. Today is October 17th so I'm not sure how serious he is about volunteers.
Possible Embezzlement at LMRFD
Read the Mohave County Sheriff's Report
I give up, Chief Winn has time to go on vacation but no time for new volunteers.
September 3rd I contacted Chief Winn about volunteering.
September 15th I met with Chief Winn telling him I would like to help drive equipment, setup emergency communications, and follow up on illegal burns we keep responding to time and time again.
Monday, October 12, 2020
Community Emergency Response Teams are made up of local volunteers who can be first responders for family and neighbors in a disaster.
The CERT concept was developed and implemented by the Los Angeles City Fire Department in 1985. The Whittier Narrows earthquake in 1987 underscored the area-wide threat of a major disaster in California. Further, it confirmed the need for training civilians to meet their immediate needs.
CERT became a national program in 1993. There are now CERT programs in all 50 states, including many tribal nations and U.S. territories.
Each is unique to its community and all are essential to building a Culture of Preparedness in the United States. There are over 2,700 local CERT programs nationwide and more than 600,000 people have trained since CERT became a national program.
When a disaster strikes smaller communities like Dolan Springs and Meadview we will be on our own for days or weeks as most aid will be directed to major population areas. This is why we need a CERT team as well as volunteers for the fire district.
What we have when disaster strikes, is what we have 2-3 firefighters. If roads are damaged there is a good chance the chief won't be in the fire district or won't be able to get here.
When fire strikes in Dolan Springs or Meadview there are always people who show up wanting to help firefighters. As much as firefighters appreciate the help, untrained people are a liability if they become injured at fireground. Rather than helping they're a distraction for firefighters worried about their safety.
If you're one of these people who show up wanting to help, thank you. But please call Chief Winn at the LMRFD Station 41 in Dolan Springs and tell him you would like to help out.
Start or join a local CERT Team. If you're not a joiner then all the CERT Basic Training Material like the Basic CERT Manual are available for those who would like to do the training on their own.
We live in a very rural area with limited response from first responders. That's why it's so important everyone learn these basic skills to deal with emergencies until professional first responders can arrive.
A CERT team needs a sponsor like the local fire district or law enforcement agency.
The info below is from FEMA's CERT Page.
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. CERT offers a consistent, nationwide approach to volunteer training and organization that professional responders can rely on during disaster situations, allowing them to focus on more complex tasks.
Saturday, October 10, 2020
In August 2015 I was surprised 1000 people had read my little blog about our fire district.
Today my little blog has over 40,000 views from all over the world
Thursday, October 8, 2020
Truth is there is little difference between the survival rate of patients treated by a paramedic or EMT. The ALS versus BLS Debate
Advanced ambulance care increases mortality Basic life support ambulance transport increases the probability of survival Patients suffering from trauma, heart attack or stroke have a better chance at survival if they are transported by a basic life support ambulance than by an advanced life support ambulance, according to a new study involving data from nearly 400,000 patients in non-rural counties nationwide.
Paramedics tend to "stay and play" doing patient care where the EMT will load and go to the ER using basic skills to get the patient to definitive care sooner. Dolan Springs to KRMC by ground ambulance is about 30 minutes. If a medical helicopter is called after the ambulance arrives on scene it can take over an hour to get to definitive care.
The city of Mattoon plans to enter into an agreement with Mattoon Firefighters Local 691 to allow newly hired firefighters to EMTs instead of paramedics
Cost to train an EMR around $250 Cost to train an EMT around $1500 Cost to train a paramedic around $20,000
A locally trained EMR can drive and assist an EMT or paramedic on the LMRFD ambulance for only $250.
Thursday, October 1, 2020
Our Emergency Medical Services have grown from a handful of people in a poor Pittsburgh neighborhood to the EMS system we know today with paramedics on most ambulances.As emergency medicine has grown so have the life saving medications EMT's and paramedics can give in the field, so have the life saving medications a layperson can give.
In Arizona the law 36-2226 allows a layperson to give epinephrine in case of an allergic reaction known as anaphylactic shock. If you want to learn more about anaphylactic shock check out First Aid for Free's Anaphylactic Awareness page
Narcan also known as Naloxone can also be given by a layperson.
Under A.R.S. § 36-2267, any person may administer an opioid antagonist, like naloxone, to a person who is experiencing an opioid-related overdose. The statute further states, "A person who does this in good faith and without compensation is not liable for any civil or other damages as the result of the act.”
For more information on the Arizona laws on obtaining or administering Narcan click HERE
Here's more information on How to Recognize an Opioid Overdose
Under ARS 36-2229 the Community Center in Dolan Springs and the Meadview Civic Association could have a couple people trained on how to give breathing treatments in case of respiratory distress.
Everybody needs to know First Aid and CPR... Who ya gonna call?
Learn for FREE at First Aid for Free
Arizona EMS Laws
Friday, September 25, 2020
I met with Chief Winn about volunteering over a week ago. He had to do some checking so we'll see what happens.
I gave the chief a copy of my training (see below) including training with NACFD in 2018. If the problem is trained volunteers, I have more training and more current training than any of the current volunteers. So we'll see how interested Chief Winn is in getting volunteers, or if we need to look at something different.
Montana Law Enforcement Academy
Basic #32 Bozeman, Montana
Washington State Basic Law Enforcement Equivalency Academy
Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center Olympia, Washington. The basic POST equivalency test previously POST certified officers.
Basic Intelligence Processing
Washington State Narcotics Investigators Association by Seattle Police Department Narcotics unit
Counter Intelligence & Surveillance
Washington State Narcotics Investigators Association, training by U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
Special Weapons and Tactics
Park County Montana by U.S. Forest Service Special Agent John Walker.
Spokane Police Academy, training by Federal Bureau of Investigation
U.S. Air Force's SERE Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape school at Fairchild Air Force Base in Spokane Washington
Search and Seizure
Idaho State Police training Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
Interviewing and Note Taking
Latah County Sheriff's Department, Moscow, Idaho Training by Federal Bureau of Investigation
Aircraft and Marine Smuggling
Washington State Narcotics Investigators Association meeting, training by U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration
Washington State Narcotics Investigators Association meeting, training by U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration
Washington State Narcotics Investigators Association meeting Training by Dale Lent, investigator for the Mohave County Sheriff's Department, Kingman Arizona.
Chemical Agent Training
Course in Mace and other chemical agents taught by Smith and Wesson Company and the Adams County Sheriff's Department at Ritzville Washington
Narcotics Screening and Identification
Course taught by the Adams County Sheriff Department, Ritzville Washington.
PR 24 Baton Training
Park County Sheriff Department., Livingston Montana.
Quick Kill Instinctive Shooting
Course taught by the U.S. Army at the army firing range Fort Lewis, Washington.
2018 Training by Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District
2018 Standard First Aid/CPR/AED 8 hours
2018 American Heart Association Basic Life Support (CPR and AED) Program KRMC was the training center
2018 Nationally Certified Emergency Medical Responder 80 hours - Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District EXPIRES SOON
2018 EVOC Emergency Vehicle Operation 6 hours - Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District
2018 First Responder Orientation 16 hours - Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District
2018 Emergency Communications NACFD Radio System Dispatch -
2018 NACFD Safety Orientation 2 hours – Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District
2018 Incident Rehab 2 Water Tender Operations 2 hours - Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District
2018 Type 6 Engine Operations 6 hours - Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District
2018 Exterior Structural Firefighting 7 hours - Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District
2018 Hazmat First Responder Operations 16 hours - Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District
2018 Hazmat First Responder Operations-Decon 8 hours - Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District
2018 Fire Emergency Support Responder Training Phase I 22 hours - Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District
2018 L-180 Human Factors in the Wildland Fire Service 1 hour - Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District
2018 IS-100 Introduction to the Incident Command System 3 hours - Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District
2018 NWCGS-110 Basic Wildland Fire Orientation 2 hours - Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District
2018 S-130 Wildland Firefighter Training (Classroom) - Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District
2018 IS-130 Wildland Firefighter Field Exercise 8 hours - Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District
2018 RT-130 Refresher Wildland Firefighter Annual Classroom 16 hours - Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District
2018 IS-131 Type 1 Firefighter 16 hours - Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District
2018 S-190 Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior 4 hours - Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District
2018 IS-200b Emergency Management Institute - Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District - Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District
2018 IS-200d Fundamentals of Emergency Management - Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District - Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District
NWCG S-110 Basic Wildland Orientation - Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District
NIMS 700 National Incident Management System 3 hours - Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District
Industrial First aid with CPR
16-hour course taught by the American Red Cross, Spokane Washington
Standard First Aid
8-hour course taught by the American Red Cross, Spokane Washington
First Responder Montana
40-hour course taught by the Park County Sheriff Department, Livingston Montana
CPR Instructor Spokane Washington American Red Cross CPR
Basic Life Support for the Professional Rescuer
10-hour course taught by the Park County Sheriff Department at Livingston Montana
Advanced Cardiac Life Support
16-hour course taught by Daniel Freeman Paramedic School, Inglewood California
Mobile Intensive Care Unit Paramedic Training
I attended Daniel Freeman Paramedic School the first nationally-accredited Paramedic program in California. My 960-hour paramedic training program including training at USC Medical Center’s C-Booth, Martin Luther King Hospital, and Cedar Sinai Hospital
Washington State Emergency Medical Technician
80-hour Basic EMT Training, Spokane Washington
Rural Emergency Stabilization of Critical Patients
8-hour course taught by Sacred Heart Hospital, Spokane Washington
Basic Fire Fighting
Taught by the Spokane Fire Department, Spokane Washington at the city drill tower
American Red Cross, Damage Assessment Assessing damage to buildings and structures, the number of people needing help,
Defensive Driver Training Course
Taught by officer Reed McNally, Bullhead City Police Department completed on 2/26/2003
Saturday, September 12, 2020
I read the minutes of the LMRFD Board meeting and agree with Ellen, Chief Winn get's it...
I agree with what Ellen says in her post so here it is....