Motivated by the 2012 tragedy in Sandy Hook and multiple tragedies that have occurred in the ensuing years, what has become known as the Hartford Consensus was convened to bring together leaders from law enforcement, the federal government, and the medical community to improve survivability from manmade or natural mass casualty events. The resulting injuries from these events generally present with severe bleeding which, if left unattended, can result in death. The participants of the Hartford Consensus concluded that by providing first responders (law enforcement) and civilian bystanders the skills and basic tools to stop uncontrolled bleeding in an emergency situation, lives would be saved. The first responder program has received very good response and is widely being used across the country. The next step is to focus on needs of civilian bystanders.
Civilians need basic training in Bleeding Control principles so they are able to provide immediate, frontline aid until first responders are able to take over care of an injured person. Due to many situations, there may be a delay between the time of injury and the time a first responder is on the scene. Without civilian intervention in these circumstances, preventable deaths will occur.
The American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma is leading the effort to save lives by teaching the civilian population to provide vital initial response to stop uncontrolled bleeding in emergency situations. This will be accomplished by the development of a comprehensive and sustainable bleeding control education and information program targeted to civilians that will inform, educate and empower the 300+million citizens of the United States.
Known collectively as the "Mad Hatters", this 15 person team is made up of both EMTs and Paramedics who provide specialized training and skill sets in response to various types of high-risk incidents to include:
Hazardous Materials Incidents (HAZMAT)
Swift Water Rescue Incidents (WRT)
Mass Casualty Incidents (MCI)
Search and Rescue (SAR)*
Each team member is required to be certified at the "Operations" certification level for all of the rescue-related disciplines. More than half of the Special Operations Response Team are certified at the "Technician" level for all of the rescue-related disciplines.
For information, please contact Major Dean Douglas @ (501) 912-0238.
*Members of this team are eligible for selection to Arkansas Task Force One (AR-TF-1) as USAR "Medical Specialists".
The Bike Team plays a special role in providing emergency medical care to the communities within our service area. The Bike Team enhances MEMS response capabilities during special events and major incidents, such as natural disasters or MCI’s (Mass Casualty Incidents). By having the ability to navigate through large crowds, tight areas and traffic congestion to expedite on-scene emergency medical care to patients where access by an ambulance or other means would be delayed or ineffective.
The Bike Team is also responsible for coordinating and conducting educational training for the MEMS’ Helmet Safety Program. This program is a community service program that interacts with school-age children to promote the use of safety helmets while riding bicycles, scooters, skateboards and ATV’s.
For more information, please contact Lt. Charles Malin at (501) 352-3790.