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JUL 2018

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COVER REPORT: MCI & DISASTER RESPONSE 22 JULY 2018 | EMSWORLD.com FOR BIG TROUBLE IN THE BIG APPLE, CALL THE ESU The NYPD's Emergency Service Unit is prepared for just about anything By Valerie Amato Det. Andrew Bershad during training (Photo: Christopher McNerney) W hen a particularly challeng- ing emergency call comes in from New York City dispatch- ers—whether it's an individual threatening to jump off the George Wash- ington Bridge or a driver plowing a van through a crowd of innocent people on a bike path—it's the NYPD Emergency Ser- vice Unit (ESU) that gets called to respond. Running the gamut of psychiatric, terrorist, and tactical and rescue calls, members of the ESU must be prepared for just about anything. The ESU is a 400-member tactical and rescue team that consists of medically trained personnel, including EMTs (the mini- mum training requirement), paramedics, and one physician assistant. Team mem- bers endure eight months of rigorous train- ing designed to prepare them in multiple disciplines, primarily focusing on special weapons and tactics and technical rescue. Other areas include water rescue, mental health emergencies, suicidal jumpers, and hazardous-material incidents. "The role of ESU in the NYPD is one of the most unique and valuable assets in NYPD Special Operations," says Sgt. John J. Flynn, a paramedic and supervisor of the ESU's tactical paramedics. "ESU members are tasked with handling countless assign- ments—from the most trivial to the most complex, from hostage or barricade situa- tions to high-risk search warrants." The team also provides patrol support in a variety of day-to-day and extraordinary circumstances that require their additional resources. "ESU members take great pride in the assistance they provide to fellow law enforcement officers," Flynn says. The highly specialized training ESU mem- bers receive allows them to respond to other emergencies, such as animal control, high-angle rope rescues, WMD incidents, and building collapses. The unit also pro- vides quick-reaction assets and counteras- sault teams, both of which are staffed with ESU tactical medics.

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