While it may seem daunting to be the first due crew to an MCI, if you know your equipment and your responsibilities you’ll be able to manage those critical first minutes of the incident and produce the best possible patient outcomes.
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An emergency responder for more than 20 years with career and volunteer fire departments, public and private emergency medical services and hospital-based healthcare, Rom Duckworth is an internationally recognized subject matter expert, fire officer, paramedic and educator. He is currently a career fire lieutenant, EMS coordinator and an American Heart Association national faculty member.