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What is a First Responder?
A First Responder is, generally, a person designated or trained to respond to an emergency. This can be EMS, Fire, Police - but can also be Members of CERT (Community Emergency Response Team), MERT (Medical Emergency Response Team) or a Workplace ERT (Emergency Response Team.)
"Official" First Responders include fire, police and emergency medical personnel. It is important that they have access to reliable, interoperable communications to assist those in need during emergencies. First REsponders are also sometimes referred to as "Emergency Medical Responders" or "Medical First Responders" but fulfill the same function no matter how you name them. First Responders are well trained in FIrst Aid and EMergency Procedures and fill the gap responding to immediate need for injury treatment and lifesaving while awaiting advanced medical care. Even the Department of Homeland Security recognizes the extreme importance of these responders both layperson volunteer responders and professional - and supports their efforts through the DHS Science and Technology initiatives.
First responders who are well-prepared will have the peace of mind to focus on the task at hand, rather than worrying about whether their family is taken care of. First responders can also serve as role models for other members of the community, leading by example to encourage preparedness.
First Responder Equipment ranges from Medical Bags and devices, to Jump Kits and Trauma Packs. Medical Emergency Responders depend upon first responder products to help them provide immediate care for injuries. This First Responder Gear can include stethoscopes and Sphygmomanometers (BP cuffs) saline, glucose, and advanced First Aid Treatment items like burn care, wraps, bandages, unguents, tapes and more.
FEMA's National Training and Education DIvision (NTED) prepares state and local first responders to prevent, protect, respond to, and recover from manmade and natural catastrophic events. The term "first responder" refers to those individuals who, in the early stages of an incident, are responsible for the protection and preservation of life, property, evidence, and the environment, including emergency response providers as defined in section 2 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 101), as well as emergency management, public health, clinical care, public works, and other skilled support personnel (such as equipment operators) who provide immediate support services during prevention, response, and recovery operations. NTED serves the following 10 professional disciplines:
Emergency Management Agency (EMA): Organizations, both local and state, that coordinate preparation, recognition, response, and recovery for WMD and/or catastrophic incidents.
Emergency Medical Services (EMS): Individuals who, on a full-time, part-time, or voluntary basis, serve as first responders, emergency medical technicians (EMT) (basic), and paramedics (advanced) with ground-based and aero-medical services to provide pre-hospital care.
Fire Service (FS): Individuals who, on a full-time, part-time, or voluntary basis, provide life-safety services, including fire suppression, rescue, arson investigation, public education, and prevention.
Governmental Administrative (GA): Elected and appointed officials responsible for public administration of community health and welfare during an incident.
Hazardous Materials Personnel (HZ): Individuals, who, on a full-time, part-time, or voluntary basis, identify, characterize, provide risk assessment, and mitigate/control the release of a hazardous substance or potentially hazardous substance.
Healthcare (HC): Individuals who provide clinical, forensic, and administrative skills in hospitals, physician offices, clinics, and other facilities that offer medical care, including surveillance (passive and active), diagnosis, laboratory evaluation, treatment, mental health support, epidemiology investigation, and evidence collection, along with fatality management for humans and animals.
Law Enforcement (LE): Individuals who, on a full-time, part-time, or voluntary basis, work for agencies at the local, municipal, and state levels with responsibilities as sworn law enforcement officers.
Public Health (PH): Individuals who prevent epidemics and the spread of disease, protect against environmental hazards, promote healthy behaviors, respond to disasters and assist in recovery, as well as assure the quality and accessibility of health services.
Public Safety Communications (PSC): Individuals who, on a full-time, part-time, or voluntary basis, through technology, serve as a conduit and put persons reporting an incident in touch with response personnel and emergency management, in order to identify an incident occurrence and help support the resolution of life-safety, criminal, environmental, and facilities problems associated with the event.
Public Works (PW): Organizations and individuals who make up the public/private infrastructure for the construction and management of these roles at the Federal level. The categories/roles include administration, technical, supervision, and craft (basic and advanced).
NTED also provides services to the private sector and the general public.