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Why Every EMS Agency Should Use an Incident Command System

By Leischen Steltereditor of In Public Safety

Responding to an emergency medical situation can be chaotic, even for well-trained medical professionals. When multiple agencies respond, it can be difficult to establish proper command, leading to difficulties in providing medical care and services. That’s why it’s so important for emergency medical services (EMS) agencies to embrace an incident command system (ICS), says firefighter and paramedic Brad Davison.

ICS establishes a clear command structure so everyone on scene knows who’s in charge, giving the incident commander clear authority to delegate roles and responsibilities to other personnel. The result is less chaos and improved medical care, yet many EMS agencies have not adopted an ICS model.

On this episode of the In Public Safety Matters podcast, Davison discusses how his agency modified an existing ICS model to meet their needs, how they overcame challenges in training personnel on this new model, and the remarkable improvements it has made to medical care and personnel performance.

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Leischen Kranick is a Managing Editor at AMU Edge. She has 15 years of experience writing articles and producing podcasts on topics relevant to law enforcement, fire services, emergency management, private security, and national security.

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