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.The Morris County Office of Emergency Management participated in the Gotham Shield Exercise for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) which is currently on-going at the MetLife Stadium in Rutherford, NJ. The Gotham Shield is a FEMA functional exercise involving federal, state, county and local jurisdictions including New Jersey, New York and Connecticut. The exercise that we are participating in today involved an Improvised Nuclear Device (IND) detonation which occurred in the NJ/NY metropolitan area. The purpose of the exercise was to evaluate the entire response effort for an IND attack. Our challenge today, involved arriving at MetLife Stadium where thousands of people were assembled and in need of care. Our mission was to assess, treat, and evacuate casualties to hospitals and facilities away from the impact site. The training exercise did not involve any “real” patients. However, we were challenged to exercise our plans, procedures, and equipment to simulate our actions throughout the expanded scenario.

The Morris County Office of Emergency Management along with our partners from the Morris County Park Police Department, responded to the MetLife stadium complex with our Mobile Ambulance Bus (MAB) which is capable of treating/transporting large numbers of injured individuals or serving as part of a larger triage system to assess patients prior to being prioritized for transportation by other EMS assets to an appropriate medical facility. Today’s large scale exercise focused on multiple emergency response agencies coming together from multiple states for the purpose of drilling logistics and equipment resources, while working with each other within the framework of a large scale mass casualty event. In Morris County, we plan for the worst and hope for the best. We pride ourselves on our capability to respond to the worst case scenario, and today’s exercise provided a framework for dealing with the type of event we hope we never experience.
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The Morris County Office of Emergency Management extends our congratulations to Morris County Communications Center Operator Brian Geisler on being hired by the Fairfield Police Department as a Police Officer. We wish him all the best in his new position. Stay safe, Brian! ... See MoreSee Less

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The Morris County Office of Emergency Management was happy to provide members of the Washington Township Police Department with the Bleeding Control for the Injured (B-Con) Advanced Training Refresher Program on Tuesday, April 18th. The program, which was previously provided to half of the WTPD on March 28th, was provided again to the remaining members of the department. The B-Con Advanced Refresher Program is designed to provide first responders with an update on critical emergency medical skills previously learned in the B-Con training course which focuses on life saving medical interventions inclusive of bleeding control, chest wounds, and airway management. It was a great day of training with members of the WTPD! ... See MoreSee Less

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Members of the Morris County Office of Emergency Management’s Special Operations Group (SOG), Morris County Sheriff’s Office, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, Randolph Township Police Department, and SOG Medical Director Dr. William Gluckman attended a week long CONTOMS (Counter Narcotics and Terrorism Operational Medical Support) training program. The intense and comprehensive 56-hr certification course focused on Tactical Emergency Medical Support (TEMS) and trained individuals with prior emergency medical training and certifications to serve as tactical medics for front line providers.

In the case of Morris County, Morris County OEM serves as the lead agency for the Morris County SOG which is a multi-disciplinary team. The team supports the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Response Team (SERT/SWAT), Morris County Sheriff's Office Bomb Squad, and the Morris County Hazardous Materials Response Team. The team also provides support for other Morris County municipal based law enforcement specialized units. The CONTOMS program offers a nationally standardized curriculum, certification process, and quality improvement procedures to meet the needs of EMT’s, Paramedics, and Physicians who operate as part of a specialized response team. The EMT-Tactical (EMT-T) Certification, which is the cornerstone of the CONTOMS program, provides students with specialized medical expertise the may be required in hostile situations and austere environments involved in counter terrorism, drug interdiction, as well as law enforcement and emergency response activities. the week-long program has both didactic and practical exercises.

Here in Morris County, we prioritize the need to be better trained, better equipped, and better prepared for the realities that we may face. Tactical Emergency Medical Services (TEMS) has emerged as a new sub-specialty with nationwide application in pre-hospital emergency care. TEMS has also emerged as a necessity as part of a tactical law enforcement team and/or specialized emergency response group to maintain a healthy and safer environment for our law enforcement and emergency responders, as well as the public that we serve. The team can provide care under extreme and potentially dangerous situations, and take immediate action when time matters most.

We were also happy to find that members of the Instructional Staff for the Techline Trauma Training Division, who are also providing medical integration for State of NJ SWAT teams, were also in attendance at the week-long CONTOMS program. All of the Techline Trauma staff have partnered with the Morris County OEM team to provide quality training that has allready resulted in lives being saved in Morris County!

Congratulations to all members who passed the testing and all aspects of the intense training program and graduation which took place this past Friday, April 14, 2017!

Funding for this program was provided by the Urban Area Security (UASI) and was limited to the agencies that had a SERT/SWAT team with a dedicated medical component.
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April 9-15, 2017 is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. Each year, we dedicate this week to the unsung heroes on the other end of a 911 call. This week brings celebration, honor, and gratitude to the vital role of the 911 dispatcher as the true first responder. The Morris County Communications Center is staffed with a phenomenal group of men and women who provide the vital communications link between the public and our first responders. Please join us in saying “Thank You!” to all of our professional telecommunication operators for their hard work! ... See MoreSee Less

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