A motor vehicle collision (MVC) on a snowy rural highway or a remote farm accident. A hostile scene, unsafe for ambulance personnel to enter. A violent and out-of-control individual who may be sick, intoxicated, or in autistic crisis. A call to a private residence for a cardiac arrest or a call to a nursing home for a person who has shortness of breath. Who responds? Law Enforcement Officers (LEO’s) are often first on the scene to a wide range of 911 calls, particularly in communities where they are designated First Responders. They respond to medical and behavioral emergencies in public and private settings, from residences, nursing homes, and schools to crime scenes and other challenging and potentially hostile environments that may be too hazardous for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel to immediately access. Special training is needed and EMS Education at HCMC has responded with a unique program, Tactical Emergency Medicine Peace Officer (TEMPO)™, specifically designed for law enforcement personnel.
On Wednesday, September 5 , family and colleagues gathered to celebrate with Hennepin EMS Paramedic Academy class 2012-3, as they had successfully completed their probationary period and became fully-qualified Hennepin EMS Paramedics.
In a brief ceremony six paramedics — Liam Sullivan, Nick Pierce, Andrew Jakacki, Thomas Hornsby, Dustin Graetz and Anthony D’Agostino (see photo above) — had their probationary shields removed and received their permanent Hennepin EMS badges. Continue reading “Six new paramedics join Hennepin EMS”