Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Orland Fire Protection District provides training to emergency medical personnel from Advocate Christ Hospital

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Orland Fire Protection District provides training to emergency medical personnel from Advocate Christ Hospital

The Orland Fire Protection District hosted it's 15th annual emergency training workshop for doctors and medical personnel from Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn to strengthen emergency response tactics in the region.

The training was held Tuesday at the OFPD Training Facility at 10728 W. 163rd Place in Orland Park, and was supervised by Battalion Chief Raymond Kay.

Orland Firefighters created five typical emergency scenarios and worked with the medical personnel that included emergency room responders to explore the most up-to-date response techniques and strategies.

More than 35 emergency and medical personnel attended the workshop which featured training in  five specific and common scenarios including: providing resuscitation in a closed setting for a victim in a home; providing emergency care to a victim trapped in an underground pipe; extricating and providing emergency care to an individual trapped in a vehicle; provide emergency care to someone tangled on outdoor window cleaning or maintenance equipment several stories up outside a building; and, providing emergency care to victims in collapsed building structures.

Kay set recreating the scenarios would help the emergency personnel gain invaluable experience in dealing with the environmental circumstances of where incidents occur, such as in a vehicle, cramped space, collapsed environment and even four stories above the street on the side of a building.

"Each scenario represents an actual incident that has happened and that the emergency personnel might experience," Kay explained.

"We want to bring the emergency personnel into the situation that Orland firefighters and paramedics encounter frequently."

Battalion Chief Michael Schofield who assisted in supervising the training workshop noted that the emergency hospital personnel are used to working in a controlled environment in the emergency room where patients are brought, but appreciate the opportunity to work in uncontrollable and unpredictable settings outside of the hospital.

During the training sessions, mannequins were used and the doctors inserted tubes, provided resuscitation while inside the simulation training environments that the Orland Fire Protection District maintains at their training center, including a simulated underground sewer pipe system, collapsed building, four story building, burning vehicles and a replica of a typical home front room.

One group worked at the OFPD underground sewer pipe simulation

An emergency room doctor enters the "sewer" pipe to perform a rescue simulation

Inside the underground pipe training system

Fire Personnel use the "Jaws of Life" to open a jammed door on a vehicle during an accident rescue simulation

Trainees work inside this building to replicate collapsed building structure scenarios

A trainee assists in performing a rescue from the top of a building

Resuscitation techniques are discussed in an actual "front room" setting in cramped quarters