Brewster Fire Department Receives Specialized EMS Training

In October members of the Brewster Fire Department and several neighboring fire departments received specialized EMS training on the rescue and removal of bariatric patients from Lieutenant Jeff Kaplan and Lieutenat David Haenelt of the Englewood (NJ) Fire Department.  The instruction included a classroom powerpoint program which focused on common bariatric patient medical issues, treatment protocols, packaging and removal techniques, specialized equipment needs, and patient dignity concerns that emergency medical providers will be faced with when dealing with bariatric patients.  In addition to the classroom component a hands-on session which included the use of rope hauling systems, rescue and removal techniques, anchor point usage, patient transport procedures and specialized equipment use was conducted.