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CENTRAL OREGON PUBLIC SAFETY CHAPLAINCY (REDMOND, OR)
Since 1997, Central Oregon Public Safety Chaplaincy (formerly named Central Oregon Police Chaplaincy) has been serving Central Oregon's Law Enforcement, Fire & Rescue, EMS, Search & Rescue, Dispatch Centers of Crook, Deschutes, and Jefferson Counties. In addition to providing on-scene support for all crisis intervention and assistance when needed, including death notifications, the organization assists police officers and emergency services personnel, their families and the community with care and professionalism when needed most. Chaplain Stutzman has been overseeing these efforts since becoming Executive Chaplain in June 2020. He provides support to the surrounding counties and continues to build upon such relationships with chaplaincy training in Yamhill, Baker, Lakeview, Lake and Coos Counties.
COMMITTEE FOR TACTICAL EMERGENCY CASUALTY CARE (LEESBURG, VA)
The Committee for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (C-TECC) exists to develop and accelerate evidenced and best practiced-based guidance for medical response and treatment of the injured during high risk and atypical civilian operational scenarios. These incidents include tragedies such as Active Shooter, Fire Used as a Weapon, and Complex Attacks that require additional capabilities by public safety and medical providers. The goals of C-TECC: to balance the threat against true risks to life, promote an appropriate scope of practice, recognize differences in the whole community population, highlight medical equipment limits and recognize the variability of resources required for response to atypical emergencies. C-TECC establishes a framework that balances the risk benefit ratio for all civilian operational medical response, provides guidance on medical management of preventable deaths at or near the point of wounding and attempts to minimize provider risk while maximizing patient benefit. C-TECC, a non-profit mission focused organization, is comprised of a broad range of interagency operational and academic leaders in the practice of high threat medicine from across the nation, including members from the fire/rescue, emergency medicine, law enforcement, education, military and emergency medical services communities.
NAVARRE BEACH FIRE RESCUE INC. (NAVARRE, FL)
Navarre Beach Fire Rescue is responsible for providing emergency response to all emergencies on Navarre Beach and also provides automatic aid to all departments in Santa Rosa County along with the military. We are responsible for Lifeguard services as well. Navarre Beach Fire Rescue also responds to natural disasters that occur throughout the state of Florida.