Firefighter Paramedics from Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) will be attending an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Protocols in-service this week alongside fellow paramedics serving in Multnomah County. This training is mandatory for all paramedics working in the County; in fact, Multnomah County will not allow paramedics to work in the field if they have not attended the in-service or taken the test.
Paramedics in Multnomah County are required to regularly participate in educational in-services and training that provide exposure to new knowledge and skills resulting from advances in emergency medical care.
The training will address and explain changes made in the 2011 EMS protocols. The protocols serve as “guidelines” and help fire and ambulance paramedics utilize medical protocols in a similar fashion. The protocols were developed to standardize the emergency patient care that EMS providers such as firefighter paramedics and ambulance personnel deliver at the scene of illness or injury and while transporting the patient to the closest appropriate hospital.
Also included in the training will be a presentation by Dr. Jonathan Jui, M.D., M.P.H. regarding new recommendations in treatment, research that affects treatment patients receive, and EMS statistics. Dr. Jui is the Portland Fire & Rescue medical director as well as the Multnomah County EMS Medical Director.
Portland Fire & Rescue
We Respond: Always Ready, Always There
December 8, 2010