Responding to the homeless is a problem that’s growing more everyday-for a variety of reasons. And while I certainly understand that so many of the homeless are people who have lost their way, so many of them are also veterans who served our country with honor. That has always bothered me-as far as how so many of these American heroes end up.
While we can’t solve that problem today, there is MUCH to be learned form several fire departments that respond daily to homeless encampments, parks, tunnels, under bridges and other areas where these people need fire, rescue and EMS help.
A LEXIPOL WEBINAR OFFERING SOLUTIONS FOR FIREFIGHTERS THIS TUESDAY
Tuesday, July 9, 2019
3 pm ET/12 pm PT
From veterans to migrants, homeless (unhoused) people are found in nearly every community in the United States—even when their presence may not be obvious.
Responding to unhoused individuals living in homeless situations such as encampments, streets or vacant structures poses significant challenges for firefighters and EMS personnel, including transient-living fire and life-safety situations, firefighter/EMT safety/survival threats and proliferation of communicable diseases. Such calls also add to an ever-increasing incident volume, impacting the deployment systems of fire-based EMS systems and the healthcare system.
Join Lexipol THIS TUESDAY to learn how two urban fire departments have evolved their deployment systems and programs to address these challenges and worked to improve safety for both firefighters and unhoused individuals.
==Health and safety risks that these homeless/unhoused populations face, from fires in encampments to substance abuse and exposure to communicable diseases
==Firefighter safety considerations when responding to calls involving homeless/unhoused people or encampments
==Strategies and tactics from the Fire Chief of Spokane (WA) Brian Schaeffer as well as Division Fire Chief Alan Long (Anaheim, CA) …and what their fire departments have used to successfully mitigate risks to firefighters and improve quality of life for vulnerable populations
It’s no cost and is hosted by Gordon Graham’s LEXIPOL:
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