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JUL 2018

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EMSWORLD.com | JULY 2018 25 For More Information Circle 22 on Reader Service Card Care on Scene In addition to force protection, ESU provides medical care for its members on scene. "Our job is to provide medical sup- port for law enforcement officers operating in the hot zone," says Bershad. Ultimately city EMS personnel are responsible for patient care, but ESU provides a safer environment for them to pro- vide it and transport patients. "With the uniformed EMS service already in place, we pro- vide the protection for them and assist in whatever manner we can," Bershad says. With ESU's shared background of medical training with FDNY EMS personnel, the two groups have demonstrated quality coordination and mutual aid during critical events. "ESU members have always maintained a great working relationship with EMS providers," says Flynn. "The training ESU members receive as EMTs allows them to regularly assist and work well with EMS providers in New York City." ABOUT THE AUTHOR Valerie Amato is assistant editor at EMS World. Contac t her at vamato@emsworld.com. PREVENT MESSY BODILY FLUID CLEAN UPS. (A) Extra Wide Opening. 6" wide, rigid collar makes it easy to use, even with one hand. (B) Won't Leak or Spill. Inner-valve seals contents and odors in. Won't leak even if dropped. (C) Hand Protection. Outer sleeve protects against infectious splatter. Helps Comply with OSHA 29 CFR. Isolates Bloodborne Pathogens, in bloody body fluids. Disposable. No messy, contaminated clean ups. Made in U.S.A. for over 25 yrs. This is how we ensure our high quality standards, and customer satisfaction. CONVENIENCE BAG BRAND TM For a free sample contact: GKR Industries, Inc., 13653 S. Kenton Ave., Crestwood, IL 60445 or call 800 -526-7879 www.GKRindustries.com For Vomit and Urine Collection A C B O v e r 2 5 M i l l i o n S o l d While ESU and other emergency response agencies are capable of swiftly responding to an MCI, civilians must have their own safety plans in place before first responders can come to their aid. Every minute matters when taking action (or not) to help fellow citizens during a critical incident. "Schools and other entities should regularly assess their vul- nerabilities and resources and work with first responders to be better prepared for mass-casualty incidents," Flynn says. Workplaces should also be equipped with basic lifesaving medi- cal supplies and provide proper medical training for employees so they can take care of victims while waiting for first respond- ers to arrive. "A solid plan is critical," says Flynn. "Whether it's specific resourc- es, drills, tabletop exercises, walk-throughs or joint training, the partnership between schools and other entities and their local first responders is vital." —Valerie Amato The Civilian's Job: Help Them Help You ESU is NYPD's primary tactical team for high-threat environments. (Photo: Christopher McNerney)

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