Posted on Jun 15, 2015
LTC Ed Ross
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Time after time it's people on the scene of an accident, an attack or a national disaster that take action to mitigate negative consequences. Tell us about a time when you or people around you saved lives before the police, firemen or the troops arrived. Working in the Pentagon in the 90s a retired AF BG had a massive stroke in my office. He turned ashen grey and went limp as he fell to the floor? A marine and I performed CPR on him for 10 minutes before paramedics arrived. Both combat veterans who had seen our share of death, we were convinced he had died, but we did what we had been trained to do and kept up CPR until the medics arrived. Not only did the general live, he fully recovered. Also do you believe you have been afforded the training you might need to save lives if the need arose?
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COL Charles Williams
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Military, Police, Fire, EMS....
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TSgt David L.
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Edited 7 y ago
It kind of depends on the type of incident/emergency and where it happens. The true first responders are the average Joes on the street. Somebody shows up and says "Well God Dang! I should call someone." Then 911 is called and the response with the actual emergency response trained folks commences. At that point the needed players are dispatched by committee, usually overlooking someone important that should have been notified first.

The reason I say that is that in certain situations the folks you really need are the last to be called. Then there is the matter of where. The smaller the community the smaller the responder community pool is. Find a CBRNE trained team in a town of say, 1,500 people. LOL
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SSG Roger Ayscue
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Once 4 of us were returning to Fort Bragg from a TDY trip to Fort Benning. In South Carolina we witnessed a van roll over after being rear ended on the interstate. We were going the other way, but when we saw it, the driver of our vehicle stopped. We each ran up to the overturned van, began to get the people who were not injured out of the van, while the medic that was with us began to treat those that were injured. We put out road markers, began to direct traffic and basically maintained control of the site until the Highway Patrol arrived. Soon as the Troopers arrived, we were allowed to go on our way. When some onlookers stopped and asked who we were, our LT replied that we were Paratroopers from Fort Bragg and he left it at that.
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