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Mass Casualty Incidents: Where to Start?

Posted by Amy Fairfield on May 8, 2018

Your unit is first to observe a vehicle rollover with ejection. A second vehicle (a commercial bus) has an operator standing next to it. There are many victims in the remaining car, inverted, with several ejected. You communicate with Control to tell them that you need more resources. What are the critical communication points so far? How many patients? What conditions are life threats? Do some of these patients meet the criteria for airlift? Depending on the scene, what hazards are present to the rescuers? Can Incident Command quickly be established to dispatch additional help for you? This individual can relay patient status back to Medical Control to prepare facilities in the area for more substantial interventions.

In Mass Casualty, always evolving as we learn, there are many considerations. Communication and facilitation of resources on the scene are critical elements of Incident Management. There are many others. 

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Topics: Command Operation, communication, emergency management, emergency operations plan, Incident Management Team

How to Manage Radio Communications during Special Operations ?

Posted by Paul Calderwood on January 3, 2017

I was reading an email earlier from the Federal Emergency Management Agency about a new program that they have designed and are offering. After reading the description, I started to think about the radio communications involved with these types of events. 

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Topics: Bombing, communication, public safety, incident

Interoperability’s Fiercest Foe – Silos and the Standard Operating Procedures that build them

Posted by Damien M. Coakeley on August 15, 2016

Recent worldwide disasters and tragedies, from Fort McMurray, Alberta, to Paris and Nice, France and Brussels, Belgium are galvanizing the imperative of emergency responders to be able to work together.  The sheer magnitude of these events and the crises they have produced, including billions of dollars of damage and uncountable deaths and injuries, simply overwhelm our capacities.  We NEED one another.

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Topics: interoperability, silos, communication

''Mayday, mayday, mayday'' ...

Posted by Paul Calderwood on July 15, 2016

Communications on the fireground are difficult at best when things are going right, now when you add a mayday incident into the mix, things can go terribly wrong in just a few minutes. There are many sides to the mayday communication incident that everyone needs to be aware of and must follow your departments SOP/SOG to ensure the fast response to those firefighters in trouble.

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Topics: communication, mayday

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