MEMBER, MEDICAL TEAM
The Medical Specialist, ideally a Registered Paramedic, is responsible for performing the medical functions of the team’s incident operations. The Medical Specialist is part of the rescue team and will perform in a rescue capacity. The Medical Specialist reports directly to the Medical lead; and secondarily to the Rescue Squad Leader while on a rescue.
The duties of the Medical Specialist are:
- Under the direction of the Medical Lead, oversee health and wellness of Task Force Team. This includes personnel and canine wellness at the assembly point, in transit, at layover sites and in the operational area;
- Responsible for the general health considerations of and delivery of medical care to all Team personnel, search dogs and victims, while under the supervision of the Medical Lead, during operational events;
- Responsible for the implementation of the medical action plans specified by the Medical Lead.
- Under the direction of the Rescue Squad Leader, performs rescue operations;
- Responsible for implementing technical skills and operating equipment necessary for completing the rescue portion of the action plan;
- Responsible for the applications of appropriate rescue tactics and techniques including rope rescue operations, confined space rescue, shoring and stabilization, breaching, victim packaging and extrication;
- Responsible for the safe and effective operation and maintenance of rescue tools and equipment;
- Perform additional tasks or duties as assigned.
- Must be a licensed Paramedic with current ACLS, ITLS, and PALS certification (or equivalent) whose day-to-day medical activities include regular and substantial clinical emergency medicine and/or pre-hospital medical care;
- Must have a general knowledge and understanding of medical conditions common to HUSAR incidents such as lacerations, fractures, shock, crush injury and crush syndrome, burns, penetrating, amputations and blunt trauma, head injuries, respiratory, hyper/hypothermia and infections;
- Must be able and willing to function in a primary care role;
- Must be a team player;
- Must have sufficient skills to develop a written or verbal report on the medical plan for the operation;
- Must be capable of improvising and functioning for long hours under adverse conditions;
- Must be aware of the signs, symptoms and corrective measures of critical incident stress syndrome.
- Must posses Structural Collapse training at a technicians level equivalent to NFPA 1006;
- Must have a knowledge and understanding of basic construction types, materials and methods;
- Must have the ability to function within a confined space and at heights;
- Must be mechanically inclined and have experience with tools both hand and power.
- NFPA or equivalent training in any of the following courses:
- Confined Space Rescue
- Rope Rescue
- Swift Water Rescue
- Trench Rescue
- Fire Officer
- Safety Officer
- Critical Incident Stress
- Hazardous Material Training;
- Official training in Incident Command System (ICS 100, ICS 200 etc...);
- Knowledge of applicable WH&S regulations and NFPA standards including, but not limited to, respiratory, head, foot, hand, eye, and face protection;
- Knowledge of proper accident investigation techniques and considerations;
- Previous experience in the use of a SCBA/SABA;
- Previous rescue experience in emergency response or military.
- Willingness to train in any needed areas as above.