Mon, 8 Feb 2010|
International Fire Service Training Association Chief Dennis Compton discusses the Fire-service Based EMS Advocates.
Okay that that was perfect the instructor of the year in his acceptance speech -- -- -- class. And that it doesn't just doesn't get any better than that. As outstanding. Well Brothers and sisters our next speaker is another giant -- American fire service. His active career has spanned more than thirty years during that time he's been involved in more critical projects. And more cutting edge. Advancements and practically anyone else of his generation. Chief Dennis Thompson has been a fixture -- FDIC more than twenty years and his lectures always -- sellout crowds. He's a gentleman is a leader and a firefighters firefighter. Chief Compton has served as the chairman of the executive board is -- Chairman of the congressional fire services to national advisory committee and the chairman of the national -- firefighters -- directors. He's the chairman of the home safety council or directors he has written many many books and articles too many to list. I thought myself extremely fortunate to be able to learn and study from chief Compton. So please help me in welcoming. I'm very good friend chief Dennis -- -- everybody. -- here to visit with you for just a little bit this morning about fire service based -- -- and efforts that are going on the country regarding that issue. You know sometimes paranoia is -- all that. Because -- -- Harold was talking about earlier with -- data. And with a nationally at cities sometimes they are out -- And -- that case I think when we look at some of the things that are happening in this country regarding emergency medical. And EMS is such a critical. Part. But what we do in the fire service it isn't a new service I mean there are -- departments that have been providing EMS services. Long before I was born in the -- Long before I've seen. In many many photographs. And has been very common effect more than 90% of the party -- United States provide a -- at some level. Right now. A few other things have been occurring that -- of be of little concern to you because there are a lot of other people. Is is work underway to more United States -- in this administration. Similar to the fire ministers. There isn't on the money in Washington DC for programs. -- isn't there. And and I and we don't again have to be paranoid. To figure out where the funds might come from. In order to operate and that's out into its own agency. And if it were somebody other than a fire person running that agency. I think you can -- conflicts we might end up having within our system. And efforts under way in fact it's already started to form -- -- caucus in congress. Our caucuses. More than 300 members of the largest caucus in congress. And EMS -- caucus will do nothing. For our congressional leaders and their staffs would confuse the issues around funding decisions and whatnot that deal with the -- massive fire. Related issues -- as well fire response is also access to our federal -- programs. Many people sitting in this room is a -- -- -- -- so many people who -- -- there ever -- rear ends off. To not only established those programs. But to maintain them. We don't have those grant program because were warm and wonderful people. We have those grant programs because people like Carol cheeseburger. Like Bobby Holton. And like so many others John Buckman and so many others. Worked for years and years and years ago. And to have access to those opened up the private sector companies hospital systems. And other entities it wouldn't be long and so. Program programs were expanded -- purpose is of them are poor. And finally if you don't have to. Be a genius to figure out there -- meetings going on. Policy level meetings in this country regarding the future of Emergency Medical Services pre hospital 911 emergency care. And frankly the fire service wasn't even invited to the meetings. To develop policy. For the future of the -- in the country. So once again this was happening so in 2006. Major fire organizations by -- And and myself and Steve Austin from the volunteer fire service got together in Washington DC. And we ask this simple question that we want to continue doing this individual is organizations. And dealing with these issues. Where do we want to come together and form a coalition. To work on these issues collectively. So we did just that. Steering committee members of the coalition made up of the IFC the international association of fire -- The congressional fire services institute. The international association of firefighters. The national volunteer fire council. And the end of the day and the facilitators of that group for myself and as -- said Steve Austin. We we developed early on in the process the statement of principle. Others if you're gonna belonged to them that it -- -- fire service based EMS advocates. What is -- you believe -- Or what is it your -- -- to. And I want to take just second read this with me because for people to belong to our coalition. All they need to do is believe that's. The fire service based EMS systems are strategically position. To deliver pre hospital Emergency Medical Services. That incorporate time critical response and effective patient care. Fire service based in -- emphasizes responder safety. Competent and compassionate workers and cost effective operations. We are not. Advocating against any other type of EMS system service we don't spend any time talking about it we don't spend any time. Advocating against it but we do is he we have the -- for that. Right there we -- for that. Some of the things that we've accomplished that we've been together first of all there's does an excellent white paper. Available to you to help you in your communities and and help you. In the organization's. Not only did. Represent the importance of the -- in your system but to help you develop. But the effectiveness of the N messenger systems as well this white paper was written by four doctors. The you can -- their names right there that are actively involved in the Emergency Medical Services arena. And our strong advocates of the -- you can get a copy of that white paper simply by going to our website which is WWW. -- fire service you have asked is if it were one word dot com. We've also developed a dvd this dvd is available to you through many of your member organizations. The IFC the I have -- The national volunteer -- council. And it's also on -- so you can actually access it online as well that that again talks about. The EMS. Those of fire -- EMS systems and the right response. Being that type of effort for your communities and I think you'll say -- it's just a wonderful representation of what you do what you do. And providing EMS service to your communities. If you wanna join the advocate which I hope you do. I hope -- organizations do it's as simple as this first of all the instructions are at the website simply go to the website follow the instructions. Basically we wanted to send a letter on your organization's letterhead requesting membership and also indicating. That you agree specifically with that statement of principle. And then mailed a letter to the congressional fire services and through -- to DC or you can do this on line as well he just -- the -- outside. What are we doing in the future we're gonna continue steering committee we've made a commitment to that we're gonna continue our efforts. We're gonna utilize that white paper and dvds everywhere we can and I hope you do as well get your hands on those things and use them. We're gonna do presentations such as this at conferences we've been doing that for two years now and it -- -- I want to thank Bobby Holton. And fire engineering for allowing us to be here today to talk with you about this important subject. And we've been writing articles for publications and again thanks to them. Our engineering magazine. And other publications for publishing articles including firehouse magazine we really appreciate it. We're gonna develop the membership of our coalition in fact for this year that is our number one goal. -- we're gonna increase a membership and our coalition. And we've got rather substantial. Goal in mind -- effect we're gonna increase it by about ten people. We're gonna continue to enhance our website so that you can use that to help you. We're gonna work at the congressional level and that -- at the national level with the agencies. Trying to help them understand the fire service's role on him -- -- tell you one thing that happened to us. Is if you go back in the seventies and early eighties -- most of our EMS systems were established. We we visited with a lot of elected officials about -- -- about that's those are -- the -- systems. -- a lot of those elected officials are gone. They are gone. And we've got some retraining to do both -- the national level and you've got some retraining to do the local level as well. I want you don't close your eyes sometime maybe this afternoon -- evening. I want you to imagine -- fire service without EMS. Because it's not a pretty sight. Believe me -- was talking earlier about staffing issues in the staffing challenges that we face currently. Multiply those challenges significantly. If we have moved out of -- him -- -- And I don't think that's gonna happen tomorrow and it's not gonna happen in a few years. But don't think that can't happen. If it ever becomes profit. To increase the level of first response capability. Other than fire based in this response. Don't kid yourself -- -- won't take advantage of it. A lot of it has to do -- leadership leadership inside hurled fire departments justice -- from the -- was standing here earlier. The leaders of all of our fire organization's membership organizations would come and tell you. That they need or our leadership. To better embrace. He MF as hard as they -- -- important part of our systems because I think even as you can see. On the -- we haven't done that. The people that we -- find ourselves and opposition with they accuse us of managing EMS as if -- were hobby. And guess what. Many of our departments have. We're guilty. In my prayers of fire chief I'll bet you I have signed fifteen acquisitions to replace overhead doors -- fire stations. And that could be a conservative number. Because they got hit by fire trucks blown calls. I have never signed ever acquisition to replace an overhead door. When the fire truck was going to -- amassed well. Not one. Time. I'm not -- -- take out more doors than. That's not the point here. But you -- primarily by example and someone said earlier the leaders of the fire services and -- room and they are right. And when you allow groups and even -- well. To run to the fire truck for our call and walked to the fire truck for him mask off you don't need to say anything else about the way you feel about EMS. Use that at all the counseling session is over. It's over. So not only did we need to deal this is who. Outside the fire service we have to deal with it in there and the -- -- -- -- we have the coalition are gonna continue to provide you with tools to do that. Please use our web site. Please become a member. Of our coalition so that we can Clinton and really emphasize. The important role in -- place in our service delivery systems. -- I thank Bobby -- for allowing me to be here today thank you all for your attention have a great conference that there.