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FeAture Focus: PublIc sAFety a converSation 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 law enforcement Cross training is also possible between fire and law enforcement. All first responders should be trained to deliver naloxone to 30 GeorGia County Government 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 training tools. survival training: Fire and law enforcement 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

President’s Message
Director’s Desk
Legislative Preview
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