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Scot Brooks oversees extrication training exercise

As in any Public Safety organization, The Hoke County Rescue Squad trains in the techniques of the Rescue Service.  Scene management, safety, proper technique, and proper patient management are the hallmarks of a properly run rescue incident.  A rescue scene typically includes Rescue Squad personnel, Firefighters, Paramedics, and Law Enforcement Officers. Each plays a part in patient extrication and training ensures optimum outcomes.

In this photograph taken during a Power Tools class, Technical Rescuer Instructor Scot Brooks oversees hydraulic tool training.

The Rescue Squad trains in 2 areas:  Rescue and Emergency Medical Services.  Often thought to be the same, these two areas are very distinct.  

Rescue by definition is the removal of persons from a situation of peril i.e. entrapment, entanglement, etc.  This usually involves the use of specialized tools and equipment.  Persons are certified by the NC Department of Insurance as Technical Rescuers after completing a specialized course of training.

Emergency Medical Services or EMS is the medical treatment and transportation of emergencies outside of a medical facility. Basic Life Support (BLS) personnel (Medical Responders and EMT-B's) are certified by the NC Medical Care Commission. Advanced Life Support (ALS) personnel (EMT-I's and Paramedics) are certified by the NC Medical Board. All certifications are administered through the North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Services.  Many of our personnel are crosstrained in both areas.  Paramedics in Hoke County are employed by Hoke County EMS-Cape Fear Valley, the EMS provider contracted by and for Hoke County.