On Tuesday, March 13 at 7:00 PM Miami Township Fire & EMS will be dedicating its new EMS Simulation Center at the Public Safety Training Center located behind Central Fire Station at 5888 McPicken Drive in Miami Township (Milford), Ohio. The public is invited to attend the event.
The Simulation Center features a high tech, computer-controlled adult and child Human Patient Simulator (HPS) system. The simulator mimics physical signs and symptoms of various medical emergencies and then responds to treatment administered by medical personnel.
Currently, Miami Township is the only EMS agency in the Cincinnati region with its own simulator of this type.
The cost of the HPS was over $100,000. Half of the funding was provided from a generous donation from the late Bonnie Funk in memory of her neighbor, Natalie Fossier, who died at the age of 9 in a tragic accident.
This donation was leveraged to obtain a grant from the Ohio Local Government Safety Capital Grant Program to fund the balance of the cost of project. Thanks to both the generous donation and grant, Miami Township needed to expend only minimal funds to make this project a reality.
Using the HPS, paramedics and EMTs can be taught how to manage various complex medical scenarios that some may only see once or twice in a career. The use of extremely realistic simulations allows medical personnel to train on new medical protocols. It also allows them to maintain their skills and review critical thinking processes that are needed when treating patients. EMS personnel from not only Miami Township, but surrounding areas as well, will be able to take advantage of these unique training opportunities.
The Simulation Center is being dedicated to the memory of Natalie and Bonnie. Out of this tragedy a small ray of light comes – training of EMS personnel to better manage medical emergencies.
As the plaque succinctly states: “That Others May Live”.