Fire Service based Community Paramedicine Programs are growing rapidly all over Ohio to assist the public and its growing need for more one-on-one time and attention in implementing health related plans successfully in the home setting. A Community Paramedic stands in as a healthcare Advocate for those who may not have a support system or are overwhelmed with all the time consuming biproducts of any healthcare event that arises unexpectedly. We also assist with recovery plans that are not being managed properly in the home setting. Our goal is to help with any small to large crisis our residents may be experiencing because we understand that even the small hurdles can feel huge without support with a new or worsening illness or injury diagnosis. If the proper knowledge and care is not in place we continue to see repeat patients and they in turn spend more money returning to Emergency Departments. They then are losing valuable rest and recovery time when non- emergent care can be successfully helped in the home setting. This program understands that even the small hurdles must be crossed to have a successful recovery.
As health issues change in a patient's life we can help with following and understanding doctor's orders after a hospital stay, medications, nutrition changes and how to locate resources patients may not know they are qualified to receive to aide in their recovery. We also can assist with home fall safety assessments, new or ongoing caregiver support assistance and finding any resources needed to have a successful support plan implemented while recovering or learning to live with a new injury or illness. Our goal is to have all our residents have a solid foundation in the home setting ensuring success.
Community Paramedics work alongside of patient's family, friends, social workers, home health workers, nurses and doctors to ensure that all of the patient's needs are met, understood and everyone is on the same page. If a patient does not have any of this in place the Community Paramedic can also set up a plan with resources available to accommodate this. Having this program within a local Fire Department also ensures that resident will be followed up on from previous emergency medical calls by a familiar face from their own department if they wish in a return visit.
While continuing to serve as Reynoldsburg's primary 911 service provider our next primary goal is to expand our care past 911 emergency responses to extend support when needed. We have seen a pattern arise and grow over the past few years and have noticed a large coverage in care has been missing in the home setting. Hopefully this will decrease the need for emergent situations to arise. We aim to set our residents up for success. We want our residents to live within the Truro Township community as healthy as possible.
We appreciate all the support given to the Truro Township Fire Department and its members over the years and we want to use this program to fully ensure everyone feels just as supported. We truly are committed to our residents beyond the scope of emergent medical and fire needs. We will use this program to fulfill this care.
Stop the Bleed is a national awareness campaign and call-to-action. Stop the Bleed is intended to cultivate grassroots efforts that encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.
No matter how rapid the arrival of professional emergency responders, bystanders will always be first on the scene. A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes, therefore it is important to quickly stop the blood loss. Those nearest to someone with life threatening injuries are best positioned to provide first care.
You may be able to save a life by taking action immediately after the trauma.
Local government is the first line of defense for citizens confronting the impacts of a disaster. OEM provides key coordination and leadership to city departments, stakeholders, residents, businesses, and visitors to respond to and assist with getting back to "normal" in their times of need.
After a disaster, the public will have to be self-sufficient until basic services can be restarted. OEM offers services to those who live, work, or visit the city to help them better prepare to take action while the City is getting back on its feet. This includes holding multiple public outreach meetings and events with our community partners at HOA Meetings, Faith-Based Organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and other community-wide events throughout the year. If you are interested in having someone from our emergency management team come speak at your event send a message to the Emergency Coordinator.
We have an established Emergency Operations Center (EOC) that hosts more than 75 representatives from an assortment of local government and non-profit organizations to assist in meeting these objectives. The Truro Township EOC enables the efficient use of city personnel and other agencies to perform multiple tasks, coordinate emergency management activities, and continue to provide city government functions before, during, and after disasters strike. The EOC supports field response operations by collecting and sharing important information about the disaster and coordinates resource requests among local, state, and federal governments, as well as private organizations.
In order to effectively mitigate against, respond to, and recover from disasters and large scale citywide events, the City of Reynoldsburg, Ohio develops various plans as a blueprint to act. Once plans are developed, OEM works the community to train individuals on their roles and responsibilities during various types of incidents (i.e., tornado, active shooter, infrastructure failure, etc.) Annually, that training is put into action through drills and exercises so it becomes "second-nature" when it's time to act during a crisis.
After a disaster has occurred, OEM facilitates getting the city and impacted residents help. Federal government funding will become available when a federally declared disaster is determined. The city assists the public first by documenting damage to make a case for a federal declaration. Once it has been declared, we help the public access various federal resources to get back to "normal" (i.e., SBA Disaster Assistance , Individual Assistance , Hazard Mitigation Grant Program , etc.) In addition, city assets that have been impacted by the disaster may receive federal assistance to fix services and infrastructure that were broken during the disaster. OEM will lead the charge on obtaining and managing that federal assistance to ensure a speedy recovery for the city.
'For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,’ Matthew 25
For Fire Service : When this team shows up and announces they are with 1-800-BOARDUP, it eliminates barriers for us right off the bat. They fill a void in communities and fire departments – they help people after the fire. The values they embrace as an organization are perfectly aligned with ours in the fire department. | Ret. Chief | “Atlanta Fire and Rescue Department”