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Published on May 2, 2014

Author: cwhoyt



A look back on my Fire Practicum through UAA.

+ Fire A295 – Fire & Emergency Services Practicum By Connor Hoyt

Thank You • First off, I would like to thank Anchorage Airport Fire & Police Department and Chugiak Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department for being more than generous to allow us into their homes, willing to mentor each of us every shift as students, and work together as friends.

Reflection • Over the past semester, I have contributed 150 hours assisting both departments over the course of 12 shifts, including two 24 hour shifts, and two 25 hour shifts. My first few shifts I was nervous, but with every single new shift, I gained a sense of belonging there, fitting in with each crew and making new friends. • Personally , the portion I will miss most about this practicum, was the camaraderie that I developed with every individual at both stations. I will truly miss them, and hope I see and work with them again in the future. • I am proud to share this new program with the five other gentlemen that were in it, and I am excited to see where this program will go and what it will accomplish with each new group. Over these next slides I will talk about my experience.

• Beginning off with 8 hour shifts out at CVFRD, I realized that they were not enough for me, instinctively I bumped them up to 24 hour shifts, which sometimes went above that because of a call. Those 24 hour shifts will be my fondest memories because that is where I captured the most experience, excited to help the community of Chugiak as much as possible. Personal Growth Education and Experiences • My first shift began on February 13th at Anchorage Airport Police & Fire Department, I was surprised to see the mix of both stations into one as I have never seen it before. I was given an ARFF awareness course to start things off, later walking through the apparatus and all the details of the station. • My first shift at CVFRD began on March 3rd, where I received my first medical call and helped transport a patient with difficulty breathing in which I took vitals for them and helped set up the nasal cannula. I recertified my CPR as well, along with assisted with the nightly duties of the station before ending my shift. • Looking back on those two shifts, it reminded me how complicated it was to memorize each employees name meanwhile learning the daily routine around the station. But what I won’t forget is the adrenaline rush of my first call, from the tone dropping to transporting the patient, it was a whole new experience for me.

Personal Growth Education and Experiences • Before my first shift at the Airport (left). • Riding Code Yellow to my first medical call (right). • Code Yellow is a triage term given to patients depending on their transport status.

Personal Growth Education and Experiences • On March 1st, I volunteered with the Alaska Professional Volunteers with Ace Worley as my mentor. The Iditarod was celebrating the opening ceremony at the Alaska Native Health Consortium parking lot. Dalton Anders, Susan Bury, Ace and I were stationed there as the medical response crew. Between circulating patrols, we went over potential care scenarios happen, such as a child falling through the frozen lake, or a stray dogsled hitting a bystander, and continued this cycle until the last musher was gone and everyone had left. • I was fortunate to have the ability to volunteer with Ace, Susan, and Dalton, as it was a fun experience sharing a shift with a fellow Practicum member. We all were pleased that no incidents occurred and that everyone enjoyed the ceremony safely.

Personal Growth Education and Experiences On patrol - (left to right) Ace, Dalton, Connor, & Susan - The last group of mushers

Personal Growth Education and Experiences • My second shift at the airport was mentored by Chief Jesse Davis. We discussed about senior management and the challenges of command such as training, budgets, working, etc. We later took part in a ARFF (Aircraft Rescue & Firefighting) timed response from the station to the end of taxiway “Q” (most northern runway), which clocked under 5 minutes! • I then switched from the Chiefs vehicle to sit in the right seat of Engine 5 and familiarized with the runway itself, operated the snozzle on the airplane prop, managing to penetrate above the exit closest to the cockpit. The firefighter driving explained the psychology of victims of a mass casualty incident, how it’s common that victims will attempt to exit where they entered on the plane regardless of aisle seating. When we returned back into service at the station, I assisted in clean up of the truck and got it ready to go back out again.

Personal Growth Education and Experiences Cruising on the runway - Operating the snozzle - Cleaning up the Oshkosh - Ready to respond!

Personal Growth Education and Experiences • During one of my shifts at CVFRD, I had the honor to help teach the Girl Scouts Brownie Troop about the ambulance, I helped explain the LifePak and asked for a couple willing Brownies to let me take their blood pressure with the cuff, and described the process of how it worked. Later that night I attended cold weather emergencies training and practiced applying a 12 Lead Application using the LifePak. Helping Chief McMichael with the Brownies - The LifePak

Personal Growth Education and Experiences • I have attended quite a few training sessions at my time at CVFRD, but the class that taught me the most was High Performance CPR training. It is accomplished with three responders. One performing compressions, one applying the bag valve mask, and one operating the AED. • With this High Performance CPR, you now provide ventilation every 10 compressions at a rate of 100 per minute, switching off positions every 2 minutes. At the end of 2 minutes, the responder operating the AED will analyze the patient, when shock is advised, the responder doing compressions will continue while the defibrillator is charging, and while shock is delivered they maintain their hands 2 inches above the chest, ready to begin again, therefor at the end of that cycle the responder operating the AED bumps up to compressions, the responder applying compressions bumps up to BVM, and BVM bumps up to AED.

Personal Growth Education and Experiences • Before we began the “pit stop” style CPR, we each practiced extended lengths of compressions in an enclosed space to experience fatigue, meanwhile an employee ensured there was consistent depth and rate of 100 per minute and at least 2 inches. • Then, two other employees and I fit inside the small room and began High Performance CPR, but unfortunately, all hands were busy and was unable to capture the moment.

Personal Growth Education and Experiences “I have seen remarkable improvement with Connors interactions with patients on scene and in the ambulance. He is also helpful at the station performing every day duties.” – Jayme Mack This was my last shift at CVFRD.

Future Growth • I have came a long way in my education of Fire Science since the beginning of my freshman year at Central Arizona College, with my graduation date now in sight. Yet, I only just made a small dent in my firefighting and EMS career, with many more classes and training outside of college to partake in. This is what I want. • After graduation, I will continue pursing my career, getting hired wherever God allows me to. I have plenty of time for improvement of my knowledge and skills. Because of this practicum, doors are beginning to open up for me as I continue progressing. CVFRD explained that they would gladly accept me as an affiliate or a member, which would be a great department to continue growing as a firefighter and as a person. Wherever I may go, I will always remember where I began which was at this practicum, and all the memories that are attached to it.

Thank you Tim for this opportunity!

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