Georgia County Government - Winter 2015 - (Page 30)
FeAture Focus: PublIc sAFety
with dr. Jill mabley,
medical director cherokee county fire & emS
Dr. Jill Mabley serves as the Medical Director
of Fire & EMS in Cherokee County. This article
will focus on her experience, specifically
with fire and EMS.
MODERN PUBLIC SAFETy involves much
more than fire and law enforcement. Behind
the 911 calls are personnel in dispatch, fire,
EMS (city, county, and private services),
law enforcement (city, county, schools, US
Marshalls), emergency management agencies (disaster management and homeland
security), public health, and relationships
with local hospitals and other health care
providers. There are many instances in which
these entities work together and have the
opportunity to partake in training initiatives.
cross training: Fire and eMs
As housing construction has become more
fire resistant, 911 calls for structure fires have
greatly diminished. About 85 percent of calls
are now for medical assistance, not for fire
suppression. Cross training of fire personnel
as EMS providers increases, driven by the
community expectation that first responders
provide medical skills and by possible budget
benefits of providing EMS by fire services.
Whether transport (i.e. ambulance) service
is provided by fire must be worked out by
each county, based on county population and
resources. In counties where fire and first
responder coverage is all volunteer, private
EMS services are often the appropriate choice.
cross training: Fire and
Cross training is also possible between
fire and law enforcement. All first responders should be trained to deliver naloxone to
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patients who overdose on prescription narcotic pills or heroin. The CDC reports a growing
epidemic of heroin-related overdose deaths,
and recommends that states expand access
to and training for administering naloxone to
reduce narcotic overdose deaths. CDC reports
more deaths from drug overdose than from
falling, guns, or traffic accidents. The Georgia
State Legislature and Gov. Deal have endorsed
this, with HB 965, signed into law in 2014.
This provides immunities for persons seeking medical assistance for a drug overdose,
and provides criminal and civil immunity for
first responders who administer naloxone.
The State of Georgia has not yet developed a
training program, however others have posted
survival training: Fire and
Consider survival training for law enforcement officers and firefighters. Firefighters
A firefighter participates in a training
exercise at the new training center in
Cherokee County. Photo courtesy Cherokee
County Fire & Emergency Services.
Cherokee County commissioners and local fire chiefs attend a "wet down" event for
new trucks and equipment. Photo courtesy Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia County Government - Winter 2015
ACCG District Days
The Impact of Body Worn Cameras
Georgia House Bill 310: What it Really Means to Local Governments and Communities
Mobile Integrated Healthcare/ Community Paramedicine – In your County’s Future?
Q & A With Dr. Jill Mabley, Medical Director of Cherokee County Fire & EMS
Three Technologies Improve Efficiencies in Georgia County Jails and Courts
Counties and Inmate Medical Assistance
Dealing with the Mentally Ill in Jails
News & Notes
Index of Advertisers
Georgia County Government - Winter 2015