In June of 2014 six members of Arkansas City Fire-EMS attended 5 days of intensive search and rescue training at Disaster City in College Station, TX. The Disaster Medical Specialist course is designed for paramedics, doctors, and nurses that will be required to perform advanced medical stabilization and treatment during large scale disasters and search and rescue incidents.
The course included hands-on training in realistic structural collapses and confined spaces. Participants were able to practice evaluating trapped victims, establishing an emergency airway, stabilizing and packaging victims for extrication, as well as participating in a night time full-scale exercise. The course was a combination of classroom instruction and practical skills training taught by specialized instructors who have experience responding to some of the nation's largest disasters, including the Sept. 11th terrorist attacks, Hurricane Katrina, and Hurricane Ike.
Cowley County now has personnel able to provide specialized medical care to victims trapped in structural collapses and other dangerous environments.
Arkansas City Fire-EMS are now members of Kansas Task Force 5 Urban Search and Rescue Team (USAR) which is comprised of seven fire departments in South Central Kansas. With the addition of Arkansas City Fire-EMS, Task Force 5 becomes the first USAR team in the State to have Disaster Medical Specialists.
Attendees: Captain/MICT Kenny Corcran, Lieutenant/MICT Paul Hunter, FF/MICT Jerry Connell, FF/MICT Justin Parks, FF/MICT Bryan Pool, FF/MICT Cody Ball.