In March 2011, 146 Firefighter Paramedics from Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) attended the Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) recertification training. This routine recertification training occurs every two years and is mandatory for firefighter paramedics in order to remain in good standing as a paramedic in Multnomah County.
During the training, PF&R Firefighters Paramedics reviewed the assessment criteria for infants and children at risk for cardiopulmonary arrest, identified the signals and/or actions for the prevention of cardiopulmonary arrest in infants and children, and demonstrated assessment and performance skills in Pediatric Advanced Life Support.
Firefighter Paramedics participated in scenarios to get them thinking about the course of treatment that a pediatric in distress may require. Scenarios included activities in shock/respiratory failure, airway management/intubations, dysrrhythmia recognition, resuscitation, and vascular access for infants and children.
This realistic hands-on training helps to build PF&R firefighter paramedics’ confidence and skillfulness, allowing them to practice patient care, communication skills, and teamwork in a controlled setting.
Portland Fire & Rescue
We Respond: Always Ready, Always There
March 15, 2011