Riot Medic: Tactical Emergency Medical Support of Civil Disturbance Units
This conference workshop presentation covers the unique challenges of providing emergency medical care to officers and civilians during protests and riots, along with the a healthy dose of lessons learned by the team as it matured during a period of extremely active protests in Portland. Damon and Morgan are founding members of Portland Fire's Rapid Response Team medical program. Franz is the Team Leader. In just over three years, they have accumulated significant experience in tactical medical care in civil disorders.
Sergeant, Oregon Army National Guard
Morgan has been a Coast Guardsman, a Secret Service agent, and a Portland Firefighter. He is a flight paramedic in the Oregon Army National Guard.
Lieutenant, Portland, Oregon, Bureau of Fire & Rescue
Lt. Simmons has been with Portland Fire & Rescue for over 21 years. He is currently the team lead for the group of EMT's that are embedded with the Portland Police Bureau's Rapid Response Team. This is the Police Bureau's all hazards and crowd control team. Portland, Oregon recently experienced over 100 consecutive days of civil unrest that often devolved into violence.
Lieutenant, Portland, Oregon, Bureau of Police
Franz Schoening is a Lieutenant with the Portland Police Bureau and his most recent assignment was as the Team Commander for the Bureau's Rapid Response Team, the specialized team that responds to large protests and demonstrations. Lt. Schoening has served as a police officer for 23 years and has over 12 years of experience working protests and demonstrations both in the field with the Rapid Response Team and in the command post with the Police Bureau's incident management team.