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ACOEM Hands On Day
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DPSST Hosts Training for Doctors and Medical Professionals who Evaluate and Help Firefighters and Law Enforcement Officers (Photo) - 06/10/18

On June 9-10, 2018, the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) hosted a two-day class over the weekend at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem.  More than three-dozen medical professionals from Oregon, Washington and Canada (Royal Canadian Mounted Police - Headquarters - Ontario) who conduct medical examinations of law enforcement officers and firefighters were in attendance. 

The training class was offered by the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine’s (ACOEM) Public Safety Medicine Section in partnership with the Oregon Fire Chiefs Association Safety and Health Section and DPSST.

The instructors for the course were ACOEM physicians/faculty who helped author the ACOEM Guidelines for the Medical Evaluation of Law Enforcement Officers and also included physicians/co-authors of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA 1582), the Standard for the Medical Evaluation of Firefighters.

This two-day workshop offered state-of-the-art training in applying the guidelines and standards currently used for conducting post-offer, return-to-work, disability, or annual examinations of law enforcement officers (LEOs) and fire fighters. While the program's focus is clinical, the course was also included and benefited public safety administrators, risk managers, and others who want and need a better understanding of how their health care partners make their medical judgment determinations.

On Sunday morning, a four-hour hands-on interactive session was held for participants so they could learn for public safety professionals in the field, learn about specialized assignments (SWAT, K-9, Bomb Squad, Haz-Mat), and also to try on police/fire gear.  DPSST was joined by members of the Oregon State Police Explosives Team, City of Salem Police Department K-9 Unit, Marion County Sheriff's Office SWAT Team, and the City of Salem Fire Department Haz-Mat Team who shared their specialized work and equipment with attendees.

This is the third time the two-day class has been offered in North America and the first time it has been held on the West Coast.

DPSST's Director Eriks Gabliks said "DPSST is honored to be able to host this important training class.  The health and wellness of our law enforcement officers and firefighters is paramount for each of our partner agencies.  The more their medical providers know about the work and equipment their members do and use, the better they can evaluate and assist when medical conditions occur that may impact their health and safety."

Topics covered during the class included Essential Job Functions, Hypertension, Vision/Hearing, Coronary Artery Disease, Initial Examinations, Coronary Heart Disease and Presumptive Laws, Arrhythmias, Pacemakers, and IACDs, Periodic and Fitness-for-Duty Examinations,Cancer, Medications, Diabetes, Pregnancy, Seizures, Asthma, Musculoskeletal, Infectious Disease, Psych, Substance Abuse, Sleep, Wellness, and others.

# Background Information about the Board and Department #

The Board consists of 24 members representing city, county and state public safety professionals representing each of the disciplines (police, fire, 9-1-1, corrections, private security), and a private citizen appointed by the Governor. The current Board Chair is Sheriff Jason Myers of the Marion County Sheriff's Office. The Board includes administrators as well as non-management representatives from statewide organizations. The Board represents more than 42,000 public and private safety professionals and establishes minimum standards for the training and certification of city, county and state police officers, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, telecommunicators, emergency medical dispatchers, OLCC regulatory specialists, criminal justice instructors and private security providers, private investigators and polygraph examiners. The Board is supported by five policy committees and a number of advisory and sub-committees representing the public and private safety disciplines. These bodies provide technical expertise and serve as vital links to public and private safety organizations. The Board operates in close partnership with the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST).

The DPSST implements minimum standards established by the Board for training and certification of public and private safety providers. DPSST provides training to more than 20,000 students each year throughout Oregon and at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem and certifies qualified professionals at various levels from basic through executive. Eriks Gabliks serves as the Director of DPSST.

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