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Training hard and fighting easy: EMS One-Stop With Rob Lawrence

Brian Hupp, director of EMS at the Maury Regional Medical Center, joins the podcast to discuss tabletop MCI exercises

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Recent acts of mass violence during active shooter events and other incidents in schools, churches and businesses continue to highlight the need for a multi-pronged strategy for both training and response.

This special EMS1/Lexipol guide outlines lessons identified from past incidents that can direct EMS involvement in pre-planning mass gatherings, improve multi-agency cooperation, and inform incident command and response strategies on the ground: Mass violence: How lessons identified inform training, response

Brian Hupp joins podcast host Rob Lawrence, principal of Robert Lawrence Consulting and chair of the American Ambulance Association and a member of its media rapid response task force, to discuss mass violence training and response.

Brian Hupp is the director of EMS at the Maury Regional Medical Center in Columbia, Tennessee. Brian worked as an independent duty (off-shore) medic for Acadian Ambulance Service and was assistant fire chief with the Mechanicsburg Fire Dept., Ohio, an agency that delivered both fire and EMS Services. Thereafter, Brian moved on to the Richmond Ambulance Authority (RAA), where he reached the rank of EMS captain and specialized in incident management team training. Brian then joined Fitch & Associates as a senior consultant before taking his current role in Columbia. Brian is a graduate of the ASM Management program and is pursuing a degree in business.

Read Brian’s article on creating an effective tabletop training exercise for pre-planning MCI response, “Training hard and fighting easy,” and listen to the podcast below.

Rob Lawrence has been a leader in civilian and military EMS for over a quarter of a century. He is currently the director of strategic implementation for PRO EMS and its educational arm, Prodigy EMS, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and part-time executive director of the California Ambulance Association.

He previously served as the chief operating officer of the Richmond Ambulance Authority (Virginia), which won both state and national EMS Agency of the Year awards during his 10-year tenure. Additionally, he served as COO for Paramedics Plus in Alameda County, California.

Prior to emigrating to the U.S. in 2008, Rob served as the COO for the East of England Ambulance Service in Suffolk County, England, and as the executive director of operations and service development for the East Anglian Ambulance NHS Trust. Rob is a former Army officer and graduate of the UK’s Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and served worldwide in a 20-year military career encompassing many prehospital and evacuation leadership roles.

Rob is a board member of the Academy of International Mobile Healthcare Integration (AIMHI) as well as chair of the American Ambulance Association’s State Association Forum. He writes and podcasts for EMS1 and is a member of the EMS1 Editorial Advisory Board. Connect with him on Twitter.

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