Local Emergency Responders Learn from Tragedies like the Orlando Shooting - Medical Training Magazine

Local Emergency Responders Learn from Tragedies like the Orlando Shooting

Whether it’s the shooting in Orlando, or a major storm like Hurricane Katrina, there are emergency management lessons to be learned.

We spent time at TEEX in College Station and learned how they use those lessons to implement changes in training procedures and protocols.

Dozens of emergency response teams from across the country were at TEEX Wednesday morning, including Cynthia Hall, who made the trip from Rockford, Illinois to take part in Incident Management Training.

Dozens of emergency response teams from across the country were at TEEX Wednesday morning, including Cynthia Hall, who made the trip from Rockford, Illinois to take part in Incident Management Training.

Hall says, “I’ve read all about this in my public health textbooks but seeing it, doing it and feeling it in reality is completely different than reading it in the textbooks.”

There are about 15 disaster simulations like this one TEEX puts on every year. The response plan they teach, though, is constantly changing, based on previous events.

TEEX Program Director of WMD Programs, Dr. Jason Moats, says, “We do our best to learn the lessons based on what we observe and implement those to be better prepared.”

While it’s still too soon to know what lessons will be learned from the Orlando shooting, he says other tragedies have drastically changed the way they operate.

After Columbine, they changed the way that police do tactics so it went from waiting until we had everybody assembled to empowering the individuals.”

Hurricane Katrina, which required major nationwide response, showed how important it is for different agencies to communicate with one another and work with the same types of equipment.

Moats says, “If you’re a first responder in Florida and you respond to an event in California, you need to be able to plug into that system.”

Read Full Story…