What the Indy responders did right

Editor’s Note:

Editor's note: Praise (well-deserved, according to Art Hsieh) was given recently to the medics, firefighters, and police who responded to the stage collapse at the Indiana state fair last Saturday.

Here is one of the first reports of how the EMS system responded to the Indianapolis stage collapse earlier this week. It appears that the public safety providers did an excellent job during the response phase of the incident.

More importantly, the department leaders did even a better job prior to the concert, in terms of preplanning a disaster response and prestaging equipment and staffing "just in case" something happened — which it did in a major way.

In a previous column we reviewed the three Rs of Disaster response: Review, Rehearse, and React. No doubt the folks in Indianapolis do a bit of this on an everyday basis — it makes the management of chaos seem pretty easy.

We know better.

About the author

Art Hsieh, MA, NRP teaches in Northern California at the Public Safety Training Center, Santa Rosa Junior College in the Emergency Care Program. An EMS provider since 1982, Art has served as a line medic, supervisor and chief officer in the private, third service and fire-based EMS. He has directed both primary and EMS continuing education programs. Art is a textbook writer, author of "EMT Exam for Dummies," has presented at conferences nationwide and continues to provide direct patient care regularly. Art is a member of the EMS1 Editorial Advisory Board. Contact Art at Art.Hsieh@ems1.com and connect with him on Facebook or Twitter.

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