May 12, 2021
Joint Interagency Training
Recently, Charleston County EMS, Kiawah Island Beach Patrol, and St. John’s Fire District (SJFD) participated in joint training to run mock scenarios and enhance joint response coordination for beach-related incidents. The exercises focused on accessing injured patients on the beach, radio communications, patient care, and more. The details are listed below:
Scenario 1 involved a person who fainted and needed to be taken to the ambulance from Boardwalk 2. Beach Patrol responded to the beach to provide care and coordinated with SJFD to meet the ambulance street side at Beachwalker County Park.
Scenario 2 involved a person in cardiac arrest in a beach chair near the Windswept Villas at Boardwalk 22. SJFD arrived street side and reached the patient first. Beach patrol arrived second on the scene and worked with SJFD to provide care with CPR, O2, and an AED. They coordinated moving the patient onto the stretcher, loading onto the BP truck, and directed EMS to the vehicle access at the Sanctuary. SJFD and Beach Patrol coordinated moving the patient to the ambulance.
All entities worked together to execute collaborative patient care and seamless transition from one first responder agency to another. For challenging environments where access is limited, like the beach, enhancing interagency coordination can positively influence emergency response logistics in life-threatening scenarios.