by Andrew Kehl, Training Officer, Shelburne Rescue
Two weekends ago, 20 members of Shelburne Rescue (nearly half of the members) completed the Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) course taught by Northeast Emergency Training Solutions. PHTLS is an evidenced-based, nationally recognized trauma care course. The course teaches the latest techniques for managing traumatic injuries in those vital moments before a patient arrives at the Emergency Department. As a result, providers have more tools in their tool bags when assessing and treating traumatic injuries.
While Shelburne does not see many major traumas, refreshing and updating the squad’s trauma knowledge is part of an ongoing effort to keep skills up to date. Interestingly, trauma care is what started Emergency Medical Services (EMS). In 1966, the National Academies of Science published a report called Accidental Death and Disability. This report highlighted the fact that many highway deaths were preventable. If the hospital could be brought to the patient, patients could survive. The report resulted in the birth of modern day EMS.
Keeping in the tradition of bringing the hospital to the patient, Shelburne Rescue continues to provide 911 services to residents of Shelburne as well as surrounding communities. While we are a town department, we are able to self-fund the majority of our operations. Our impact on the town tax burden is negligible. This is made possible by more than 40 volunteers members supplemented by a small paid staff (1 full time and several per diems) which allows us to provide the town with 24/7/365 days of EMS coverage each year.
Classes like PHTLS are completed by members on their own time. The time spent on continuing education is in addition to duty hours. Participation in such courses further enhances the service’s capabilities and demonstrates our commitment to providing Shelburne with high quality evidence based EMS. If this training and/or the services of Shelburne Rescue sound interesting, consider joining! We provide all the necessary training and certifications. We just ask that you bring a can-do attitude and a commitment to being part of a very valuable town service. Please call (802) 985-5125 to schedule a tour.