Judy Parker, APR
For Immediate Release
Sandy Springs Fire Rescue Starts Specialized Tactics for Operational Medicine Team
Release Date: 2/18/2011
February 18, 2011—Sandy Springs Fire Rescue Department is embarking on a new program entitled Specialized Tactics for Operational and Rescue Medicine (STORM). The program uses hands-on skills for tactical emergency medical situations. Eighteen Sandy Springs, Dunwoody and Johns Creek Fire Rescue Technicians have been chosen to participate in the program in collaboration with the North Metro SWAT (NMSWAT) Team. STORM is the medical component to NMSWAT and will be called out each time the NMSWAT Team is called out for emergency situations.
Tactical Emergency Medical Support (TEMS) is the provision of preventative urgent and emergent medical care during high-risk, extended duration and mission-driven law enforcement special operations. The ability of TEMS is to develop medical threat assessments, render immediate medical care in austere environments and to provide logistical support that furthers the health and safety of law enforcement personnel and reduces the incidences of injury, illness, disability and death associated with training and tactical operations.
STORM Medic, a component of TEMS, is a four-day, 32-hour course. This course is intended for medical personnel who provide operational medical support directly to a tactical team. After selection for the program, each medic is required to attend eight hours of training each month.
For more information on the City of Sandy Springs Fire Rescue Department, visit www.sandyspringsga.org or call 770-730-5600.