#GMVEMSC Training: FW: New HHS-sponsored research provides new tool and updated guidance on mass chemical decontamination

This material is not definitive guidance, but it does incorporate psychological and behavioral aspects of mass decon as well as evidence where it exists.  Exhaustive work from a capable research team.  Much of it has been out for a couple of years; this is the most current presentation.  If nothing else, look at Volume 3 (only 9 pages). 




Disaster Information Management Research Center

National Library of Medicine | National Institutes of Health

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More than a million first responders and emergency managers in the United States now have a science-based chemical decontamination decision tool and updated guidance on how best to decontaminate a massive number of people after chemical exposure.

The decision-support tool and guidance, as well as the scientific studies on which they are based, were completed under a contract between the University of Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), part of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

This second edition of the guidance, called Primary Response Incident Scene Management or PRISM, incorporates new scientific evidence on emergency self-decontamination, hair decontamination, the interactions of chemicals with hair, and the effects of a combined decontamination strategy referred to as the “triple protocol”.

PRISM introduces the ‘triple protocol’ comprised of disrobing and conducting dry decontamination, wet decontamination using the ladder pipe system with high volume/low pressure water deluges from fire trucks, and technical (or specialist) decontamination. The clinical research showed that, taken together, the three steps of the triple protocol remove 99.9 percent of chemical contamination.

The latest clinical evidence indicates that the triple protocol approach to decontamination is faster and more effective than traditional methods for treating chemically contaminated patients. The research also demonstrated that immediate “dry” decontamination using any available absorbent material can be highly effective as a stand-alone procedure when performed under the instruction of first responders, removing up to 99 percent of contamination.

The guidance suggests that emergency plans should address how the community will take specific preparedness actions. One important action would be to make enough absorbent materials available on emergency response vehicles so that emergency dry decontamination can begin as quickly as possible. Plans also should include how the community will provide washcloths and towels for use in wet decontamination, and blankets or temporary clothes to protect patients from hypothermia afterwards. Hypothermia would be of particular concern in the winter in colder areas.

To further aid first responders and emergency managers, experts from BARDA, ASPR and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the National Institutes of Health collaborated with the University of Hertfordshire researchers to devise a decision-support tool called ASPIRE or the Algorithm Suggesting Proportionate Incident Response Engagement. The tool helps responders determine which decontamination approaches will work best in a given situation.

ASPIRE and the guidance are integrated into the Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM) web-based resource created by ASPR and NLM as part of a suite of preparedness and emergency response tools that includes the CHEMM Intelligent Syndromes Tool (CHEMM-IST), Dermal Exposure Risk Management and Logic for Emergency Preparedness and Response (DERMaL eToolkit), and now ASPIRE. The guidance and ASPIRE also are incorporated into the latest edition of the WISER CHEMM mobile app, which is expected to be available in the coming days.

The PRISM guidance splits its information into three online volumes. The first volume explains the technical and scientific evidence, identifies capability gaps, and describes the corresponding rationale which underpins the revised incident response process. The second volume focuses on the practical aspects of the incident response with an accompanying rationale but no supporting technical information. This volume is intended for use in developing training and exercises. The third volume summarizes only practical and critical elements of the response process.  This volume is intended to be a quick resource for use during an incident response.

The guidance can be found at www.medicalcountermeasures.gov.




#GMVEMSC: University of Dayton EMS wins Multiple Awards

Greater Miami Valley EMS Council would like to offer warm congratulations to one of our member agencies, University of Dayton Emergency Medical Services.  At the recent National Collegiate Emergency Medical Service Foundation Conference, UD EMS won the following awards:

  • Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association Award for saving a life using CPR and an AED
  • Emergency Ready Campus -- Bronze award
  • Striving for Excellence award
  • EMS Week of the Year award


Congratulations to all the members of UD EMS!



#GMVEMSC Training: FW: Feb. 28 - Complimentary session on EMS Community and Trauma Survivor Collaboration


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Ohio Emergency Medical Services

Melvin House, Executive Director




Greetings to all!!

The American Trauma Society cordially invites EMS attendees to a special session on the integration of EMS responders and community services available for trauma survivors.

THIS THURSDAY, February 28, 2019 at 1 pm ET.

“Trauma Survivors Network (TSN) - "EMS Community Conversations” : How one TSN Site United EMS Responders and Trauma Patients in the Name of Healing.

Join Shira Rothberg, LCSW, the TSN Coordinator at Inova Trauma Center in Fairfax, Virginia, for an ATS Special Webinar on Thursday, February 28, 2019, 1:00p.m. EST and learn how she has successfully engaged her regions EMS responder’s in their hospitals TSN program. Shira’s work includes bringing her team of peer visitors to participate in community presentations, uniting first responders and the trauma patients they took care of. The Inova Trauma Center program was highlighted in an EMS1 editorial (2/27/2018) “Not Just Traumas, But Human Beings”. Shira will be joined by some TSN peer visitors for this special ATS webinar.

NASEMSO has partnered with the ATS to provide free registration for EMS responders on this important dialogue. 

For FREE registration, enter EMSWebinar2019 in the promo code box, located on the payment page at https://www.amtrauma.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1203779&group=

Please feel free to share this info with your colleagues!





#GMVEMSC: EMS Council Position Openings

Greater Miami Valley EMS Council is looking for your help!  Two important members of GMVEMSC have been attracted by other opportunities, and are leaving the region.  Alex Brahm, Co-Chair of Council’s Education Committee and Bryan Adams, Chair of the GMVEMSC Public Relations (PR) Committee, have each accepted new employment outside Council’s geographic area.  We certainly wish them all the best, but are very sad to see them go!


These are both crucial positions for EMS Council and our members.  Our Education Committee is busy all year long, responsible for (among other things) Standing Orders testing and implementation.  PR Committee’s work is just about to ramp up:   National EMS Week 2019 (with this year’s them:  EMS STRONG is "BEYOND the CALL”) will be May 19 - 25, 2019.  Among other things, the PR Committee is responsible for selecting the winners for Council’s annual awards, and getting the word out to our agencies regarding EMS Week activities.


If you are interested in either of these positions, please send an email to gmvemsc@gdaha.org.



David N. Gerstner, President

Greater Miami Valley EMS Council








#GMVEMSC Training: FW: Training Opportunity - March 6

G557 Rapid Assessment Planning Course

Hosted by Clermont County Emergency Management Agency and Sponsored by Ohio Emergency Management Agency Plans, Training and Exercise Section

March 6, 2019


Course Description: This course provides information and resources to enable participants to develop an effective Damage Assessment Program and conduct rapid and effective needs assessments. A good assessment allows community leaders to prioritize response actions ensuring the greatest life-saving and life sustaining benefits. Since resources are often limited in the first few hours of a disaster or emergency an effective rapid needs assessment allows for the efficient and effective use of those resources. Likewise, it allows local officials to evaluate their needs and request those resources that are not available in their jurisdiction to support life sustaining and life saving measures.


This is a “Required”  course in the Advanced Professional Series (APS) program.



Course Dates:    March   6, 2019

Application Deadline:     February 27, 2019


Time of Course: Registration:  8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Course Time:  8:30 AM - 5:00 PM


Location:              Union Township Civic Center 4350 Aicholtz Road

Cincinnati, Ohio 45245


Target Audience: The target audience for this course includes Local officials who are responsible for assessing, collecting, and reporting damages during and after any event that causes damage of private, public, and critical infrastructure. First response agencies (fire, police, EMS, etc.), planners, and county CERT & ARES volunteers will benefit from this course.


“Recommended” Prerequisite: IS-0100.c, Introduction to the Incident Command System; IS-0200.b or IS-0200 HCa, Incident Command System for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents; IS-0700.b, National Incident Management System, An Introduction; IS-0800.c, National Response Framework. These courses are available on line by going to http://training.fema.gov/is/crslist.aspx .


Enrollment: Students must enroll via the Department of Public Safety Training Campus website: https://trainingcampus.dps.ohio.gov/cm/cm710/pstc/pstc.html.  Students experiencing difficulty enrolling should call Ohio EMA Training at (614) 799-3666 / 3824 for assistance with registration. Course registration will generally close 10 working days prior to the course start date. You can check your enrollment / approval status via the Department of Public Safety Training Campus website.


Lodging & Per Diem Information:

Lodging, Meals, Per Diem and all other travel expenses are the responsibility of the student or the parent organization.


It is the goal of Ohio EMA to ensure that all students have the tools necessary to successfully complete the courses offered by Ohio EMA. If students require additional accommodations when attending trainings, they should let the Ohio EMA training office know, and they will confidentially meet reasonable requests.


The FY 2018/2019 Ohio EMA Training Catalog at http://ema.ohio.gov/Training.aspx provides additional information.


State Point of Contact:   State Training Coordinator, Ohio Emergency Management Agency, (614) 799-3666,

#GMVEMSC: FW: 2019 EMS Star of Life Award Nominations - EXTENDED UNTIL MARCH 1, 2019.

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Ohio Emergency Medical Services

Melvin House, Executive Director




2019 EMS Star of Life Awards

Ohio’s EMS Providers,

The EMS Star of Life Awards were created by Ohio ACEP and the Ohio Division of EMS to recognize outstanding achievements and to honor those in Ohio’s EMS system whose accomplishments rise above the day-to-day excellence of that system. In 2019 Ohio ACEP and the Division of EMS will be joined by the State Board of Emergency Medical, Fire, and Transportation Services in presenting the awards. The program is scheduled for May 22, 2019. The 2019 EMS Star of Life Awards Nomination Packet is attached.

Award categories include:

- EMS Stars                                         

- EMS Provider of the Year                          

- EMS Agency of the Year    

- Frank Giampetro Distinguished EMS Educator

- EMS Medical Director of the Year

- Jack B. Liberator Lifetime Achievement Award

Please review the nomination packet and consider nominating appropriate individuals and/or an agency in one or more of the categories. The deadline for nomination submissions is now extended to March 1, 2019.

Thank you for supporting our efforts to honor and recognize the State of Ohio’s exceptional EMS providers! If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Division of EMS at (614) 466-9447 or (800) 233-0785. 





#GMVEMSC: CANCELLED - GMVEMSC Website/App Committee Meeting - TODAY

**Please Note**

The meeting of the GMVEMSC Website/App Committee that was scheduled for today, February 25th at 10:00 a.m. at GDAHA has been CANCELLED.





#GMVEMSC: Just in Time Standing Order for All Greater Miami Valley EMS Agencies and Providers Effective Immediately

Per the Region 3 Regional Physicians Advisory Board (RPAB), and the Greater Miami Valley EMS Council Medical Director, Dr. Marriott, the following Just in Time Standing Order is being issued and is in effect now.  EpiPen Jr is currently unavailable nationwide, and our regional supplies have or soon will expire. A nationwide shortage of Adult EpiPens is also imminent. 



EMR and EMT:       WHEN EpiPen Jr. or EpiPen IS NOT AVAILABLE


·         < 15 kg; call Medical Control

·         For all others use Adult EpiPen

·         If Adult EpiPen unavailable, call Medical Control

·         EMRs and EMTs can still assist with administration of the patient's own EpiPen or EpiPen Jr EpiPen either adult or junior


Advanced and Paramedic:      WHEN EpiPen Jr. or EpiPen IS NOT AVAILABLE

·         < 15 kg; use EpiPen Jr OR (1:1000) 0.01 mg/kg IM

·         > 15 kg and < 30 kg; use Adult EpiPen OR Epi (1:1000) 0.01 mg/kg IM

·         May repeat Epi (1:1,000) 0.01 mg/kg IM (max 0.5 mg) after 5 minutes.

·         >30 kg; use Adult EpiPen AND an additional 0.2 mg of Epi (1:1000) IM for a total of 0.5 mg IM OR Epi (1:1000) 0.5 mg IM

·         May repeat Epi (1:1,000) 0.5 mg IM after 5 minutes

·         AEMTs and Paramedics can still assist with administration of the patient's own EpiPen or EpiPen Jr





David N. Gerstner, President

Greater Miami Valley EMS Council







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#GMVEMSC Training: Attention EMS Officers only a few seats left!

Attention EMS Officers only a few seats left! You won’t want to miss this!


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Ohio Resuscitation Academy


When: March 7, 2019 or March 8, 2019


Time: 0800-1700


Where: Mercy Health-Fairfield HealthPlex 3050 Mack Rd. Fairfield, OH 45014


A one-day Ohio Resuscitation Academy is being held in the CincinnatiDayton area.  This is a train-the-trainer course designed for those interested in the science behind resuscitation and the positive effects of high-performance CPR.  


The focus of this Resuscitation Academy will include each day:


  • Science of Resuscitation


  • 10 steps to Improve Survival and Achieve Implementation


  • System Assessment


  • Implementation in Daily Practice after the RA


  • Hot Topics in Resuscitation


Registration is online and is limited to the first 50 participants per each one-day course.  Presenters will include Dr. Andy McCoy from King County, Seattle as well as Ohio champions of resuscitation.  


To register go to: http://www.cvent.com/d/bbqv2d


Greater Miami Valley EMS Council
241 Taylor Street Suite 130
Dayton, OH 45402 USA
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#GMVEMSC: Strike FIRST Against Opioid Response Burnout - FREE Training - March 25 from 8:00 a.m. - 11 a.m.


The Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association is partnering with the Ohio Hospital Association, the Greater Miami Valley EMS Council, and Public Health Dayton & Montgomery County's Community Overdose Action Team to bring the 

First Responder Incident Response Support Training (FIRST) to the Dayton region. 


The FIRST Training is a FREE event and open to Fire, EMS, Law Enforcement, Nurses, Physicians, and other community first responders throughout the Dayton region.


FIRST focuses on burnout, resilience, and vicarious trauma to hospitals and first responders hit hardest by the opioid epidemic. Dr. Kenneth R. Yeager, a nationally-recognized expert on resilience and trauma-informed care, will present the interdisciplinary training. Kenneth R. Yeager, Ph.D., LISW is a clinical professor in the College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and also serves as Director of the Stress, Trauma, and Resilience (STAR) program.


This 3-hour training is limited to Fire, EMS, Law Enforcement, Nurses, Physicians, and other community first responders in the Dayton region. This presentation is not open to the public in order to provide a safe space for staff, clinicians, and first responders to discuss burnout and vicarious trauma in an open way. 


To register, please visit:








#GMVEMSC: Blue Mass to Honor Public Safety Personnel

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St. Joseph Church and the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians invite you to the
Blue Mass
To Honor The Work Of All Public Safety Personnel

Sunday, April 7, 2019 10:00 am Mass
411 E. Second St, Dayton, OH 45402
Followed by Brunch RSVP desired, but not required

To RSVP or for additional information, please contact Theresa Cory, 937‐409‐7477, or email theresam0133@att.net<mailto:theresam0133@att.net>

#GMVEMSC Training: Upper Valley Free Advanced Stroke Care Class

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Still time to register for Advanced Stroke Care Class.


Where:            Upper Valley Medical Center

Cost:                FREE

Date & Time:  March 4, 2019 8AM-12PM



RSVP:               Michelle Post mmpost@premierhealth.com




#GMVEMSC: GMVEMSC Research Committee Meeting - February 19th - 12:00 p.m.



The next meeting of the GMVEMSC Research Committee is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 19th at GDAHA.

Please reply with your attendance plans to ensure an accurate count for lunch.





#GMVEMSC Jobs: Darke County Sheriff's Office Dispatch Job Opening

The Darke County Sheriff’s Office, Greenville, Ohio is currently accepting applications to fill an immediate opening for the position of Full-time Dispatcher.


The full application and disqualifying criteria can be obtained on the Darke County Sheriff’s Office website at www.darkecountysheriff.org.


Candidates interested in this position must submit a completed application to the attention of  Melissa Hawes by email mhawes@darkecountsheriff.org, in person, or by mail to Darke County Sheriff’s Office, 5185 County Home Rd., Greenville, Ohio 45331.


Melissa Hawes

911 Coordinator

Darke County Sheriff’s Office

5185 County Home Rd

Greenville, OH 45331

937.459.2926 Cell

937.547.3911 Office


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#GMVEMSC Jobs: FW: Ohio Division of EMS Vacancy


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Ohio Emergency Medical Services

Melvin House, Executive Director




The Ohio Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Medical Services has the following vacancy:


For a full job description and instructions on how to apply, please select the position title to be taken to the State of Ohio employment website.