A Great Training Opportunity

July 28, 2012 § Leave a comment

Each year the Virginia Office of EMS hosts an annual training symposium. This year marks the 33rd annual symposium. Class start on Wednesday and continue through Sunday. The courses focus on a variety of topics including Trauma, Crtical Care, Health and Safety, Critical Incident Stress Management,a nd Communications to name a few. While CEs are available for those providers within the state, there is no limit to who can register for the event. It’s a great training opportunity and one that shouldn’t be missed.

Registrationa nd course information can be found at: http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/OEMS/symposium/index.htm

Don’t miss a great opportunity, not just for training but also for networking, socializing, and hanging out with a great group of people!

While on vacation my thoughts travel to Colorado

July 20, 2012 § Leave a comment

As I sit on the balcony of my hotel room staring out at the ocean I can’t help my mind’s desire to wander to Aurora Colorado and the senseless act of violence that occurred. As I write this, 12 people have died and 59 people were injured. This is the largest MCI since the shooting at Fort ahold. There are bodies that haven’t been removed because of the I process. The apartment of the suspect can’t be entered because of the massive amounts of booby traps that he placed before he committed such a heinous crime. In the days, weeks, months and even years to come we will hear and read more information than our minds may be able to process. I know that there will be critiques and reviews, changes in procedure and lessons learned. We will her about those who were lucky enough to survive and learn about those who weren’t so lucky. I have so many thoughts about the incident and so much I want to learn about. I guess it is the EMS geek in me. That need to break things down and understand the process. As things unfold and the healing process begins for those impacted by the events I can only hope that those who additional help processing the events find it, that those who are injured receive the best care possible, and that those who have lost a loved one find the ability to heal.

I know that I will write about this incident more. Because, while unfortunate there will be things that we as EMS providers can take with us and use (though we hope to never have to). However, as I write about this incident I will do so without mentioning the suspects name. I do this because of the comment made by the brother of one of the victims. The brother, a firefighter paramedic, stated “let us remember the names of e victims and not the coward who committed is act”. So, that is what I choose to do.

Until next time…stay safe

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