Thursday - July 25 - 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
EMS is a hyperlocal activity, with most communities operating their own services within municipal town, city or county borders. But emergency systems often must encompass multiple agencies and jurisdictions to be effective, especially as communities grow and healthcare evolves. In Washington, DC, and its surrounding areas, several city and county fire departments are working together to improve response and information sharing across borders. The cooperation in the National Capital Region has gone beyond mutual and automatic aid to include real-time sharing of data, enhancing situational awareness and leading to more efficient and effective EMS operations and care.
Brian Frankel is deputy fire chief in Prince George’s County, Maryland, where he oversees the operations division for one of the largest combination departments in the nation. As a battalion chief for the Montgomery County, Maryland, Fire and Rescue Service, Alan Butsch, MA, oversees EMS quality improvement, logistics and other EMS operational components.