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Imagine that you're operating the dispatch board at the local emergency response center. A call comes in alerting you that a potential dangerous chemical spill has just occurred at a busy intersection. Your challenge is to allocate the correct resources at the precise moment they are needed to best respond the emergency. You better get busy now because a new call could come in at any minute...Ring!

Emergency Response Brochure

Emergency Response Brochure

Who are first responders?

A certified first responder is a person who has been certified to provide initial care for victims of medical emergencies. They know more than basic first aid, but they are not as well trained as emergency medical technicians, doctors, nurses, or paramedics. For even the most basic of accident reports a common practice is to send at least 1 police unit, 1 fire truck, and 1 ambulance to ensure that all basics needs are met at the accident scene.

What is a HazMat team?

Dangerous and toxic materials are also called hazardous materials, or HazMat. HazMat teams are teams of people specifically trained to properly handle and dispose of these dangerous materials.

What are some costs associated with medical emergencies

Costs related to medical emergencies are varied according to location, type of scenario, as well as countless other factors. Below are some basic costs to help you understand how much money can go into an emergency situation. An ambulance ride can cost anywhere from $800 to $1500. It is dependent on the type of equipment in the ambulance, what medical services are required on scene, and the distance the ambulance must travel to and from the accident site. A full set of turn out gear for a fire fighter with a specialized face mask is around $7000. A fire truck costs between $840,000 and 1 million dollars, with an additional $100,000 to $150,000 in truck equipment costs. Outfitting a basic HazMat team costs around $100,000. A ride in an air ambulance can cost between $10,000 and $100,000.

What is EMS?

Emergency Medical Services, or EMS, are specially organized government and city systems that provide personnel and equipment to help properly deal with disaster and emergency situations in a given area. EMS systems involve many different agencies working in coordination with each other to provide rapid and effective emergency response. Some of the agencies responsible for providing EMS are fire departments, ambulance services, hospitals, and dispatch services.

What is the difference between an emergency medical technician and a paramedic?

EMT stands for Emergency Medical Technician. In most states there are three levels of EMT certifications: EMT-Basic, EMT-Intermediate, and EMT-Paramedic. Intermediates are slowly falling out of favor for the more highly trained Paramedic certifications. The main differences between EMT-Basic certification and Paramedic certification is the ability to break the skin. Paramedics can give shots, run IV's, and used more advanced devices to support breathing. The amount of training hours is also significantly different, as a Basic-EMT gets about 120-150 hours of training, while paramedics get anywhere from 1200 to 1800 hours of training.

What are the Jaws of Life?

The Jaws of Life is the trademarked name of certain rescue tools created by Hurst Performance, Inc. The name "Jaws of Life" is often used for any type of hydraulic tools such as cutters, spreaders, and rams, all of which are used to pry open vehicles to help remove trapped victims.


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