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Code 3 Podcast: Interagency cooperation during rescue task force response

Jim Morrissey, a tactical paramedic and terrorism preparedness coordinator in California, joins the show to discuss interagency cooperation under extreme circumstances


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Active-shooter situations seem to be happening more and more frequently, which means fire departments need to develop a good, working relationship with police departments, and other EMS agencies.

Cooperation could be as simple as using a specific set of words at the scene of an incident that keeps everyone on the same page.

That’s our topic on this edition of Code 3, and Jim Morrissey is here to explain what’s needed.

Jim has been a tactical paramedic for the San Francisco FBI SWAT team since 1999.

He’s the terrorism preparedness coordinator for Alameda County EMS, and he’s also a medical intelligence officer for the Northern California Regional Intelligence Center.

Jim has lectured in over 25 countries on emergency medicine, wilderness rescue and tactical medical operations and has co-written two books.

Code 3 is hosted by award-winning journalist Scott Orr, who has covered the fire/EMS/police beat for most of his 30-plus year career in news. He’s worked around the country in both TV and print. Orr was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease over a decade ago, but that doesn’t stop him from interviewing fire service leaders on issues that concern firefighters around the nation.