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WARM ZONE RESCUE

TALKING PAPER
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“WARM ZONE RESCUE” – PRODUCT CONSIDERATION (TSF)


PURPOSE:  To provide information and potential product consideration in support of Fire Department and Emergency Medical Service (EMS) actions [with Law Enforcement] during incidents involving violence/terrorism, etc.

BACKGROUND:  Increased incidents involving acts of terrorism/violence/shootings, etc.

(not all inclusive):

  • Columbine High School - San Bernardino

  • Murrah Fed Building, OK - University of Texas

  • Aurora, CO Theater - Virginia Tech

  • Hood, Texas - Washington Shipyard (DC)

  • World Trade Center (I) - Sandy Hook

  • 9/11 (WTC II/Pentagon) - Chattanooga, TN

  • Orlando (Pulse) - Boston Marathon

  • Lackland AFB Annex

  • and…peacetime accidents/incidents


- Currently, most departments (including EMS agencies) are “Staged” outside of Hot/Warm zones during acts of deliberate violence and await the “all clear” or “scene safe” declaration to move-in, initiate patient evacuation and life-saving efforts.

- Time is critical and delays can make a bad situation worse; early patient contact/care is key—hence, “Warm Zone Rescue”.  This is where we can be of assistance:

INITIAITVE:  TSF Equip Co. can assist departments/agencies moving forward by packaging/providing responder support kits, which enables the customers we serve to do what they’re already doing, only at a larger scale:

Mass Casualty (MASCAL) Kits in support of:

  • Airshow Mishap

  • Large Event Incident

  • Deliberate Act of Violence Incident


Proposed Equipment Items (Static Responder Kit – Pre-positioned/Staged on Vehicles/Locations):

  • Large Gear Bags

  • Equipment/PPE-BSI to Treat 30-40 persons

  • Trauma-based (vs. Illness)

  • Pocket Masks/Eye Pro/Gloves/Gowns—BSI Kits

  • Airway Management (Nasals/Chest Seals, etc.)

  • Tourniquets/Heavy Bandages/Dressing/Gauze/Tape/Shears

  • Splints/Wraps/Thermal Protection (Space Blankets)

  • Burn Sheets/Water Jels/

  • Triage (perhaps separate bag?) – Tarps/Flags/Tags/Markers/Glow Sticks


Proposed Equipment Items (Dynamic Responder Kit – Individual/Responder Based):

  • Lightweight/Backpack-based Kit to Treat 3-5 persons

  • Rapid Evacuation to Triage/Cold Zone is concept

  • PPE-BSI already assumed on responder

  • Quiklitter™ or similar lightweight/disposable-compact patient removal device (500lb capacity)

  • Airway Management (Nasals/Chest Seals, etc.)

  • Tourniquets/Rapid Application Bandages/Dressing/Gauze/Tape/Shears (LIMITED)

  • Splints/Wraps/Thermal Protection (Space Blankets) (LIMITED)

  • Individual First Aid Kit (IFAK)—similar to Military issued equipment (NOTE: This is important—think of Responder “cut off”, separated for extended periods while awaiting rescue themselves)


INFORMATION ONLY:  Taking it to the next level (integrated “Warm Zone Rescue”, multi-agency response, outside of what responders (FIRE/EMS) already perform, is on those response agencies/departments to hash out and likely involve three (3) things (see NFPA 1500, Chapter 8 (paragraph 8.10 and beyond):

Written agreements/Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) or Direction w/Law Enforcement (LE):

  • This is where some sticking points could occur w/Labor Management, new “core skill”, etc.

  • Authority having Jurisdiction (AHJ)—is it installation Military Police/Security Forces, Municipalities, etc.?


First Responder Training:

  • Goes hand-in-hand w/above agreements/SOP—cannot “jump in” without it

  • Involves Command and Control (C2), Communications, Team/Individual Actions (NOTE: These incidents are almost always a Unified Command structure (Law Enforcement & Fire) for obvious Tactical reasons)

  • Integrates “Other” agencies we may also serve (products):

    • Local EMS, Emergency Management, Bioenvironmental/Safety




First Responder Equipping:

  • Incorporates above proposed listing (We can provide)

  • Adds Ballistic Protection (Vests/Helmets/Eye Pro if not already work)

    • This is where Law Enforcement will likely determine level/type or PPE and the Subject Matter Experts (We may be able to provide)

    • Beneficial for FIRE/Responders for “additional/backup” equipment




Can be joint-venture for funding