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            High-Tech Video Game to Train                                                           BOSTON EMS
            EMS in Disaster Response                                                                ADDS AED Alert
              The George Washington University’s     “The game allows the player to review             Hoping to better utilize
            National EMS Preparedness Initiative     and evaluate themselves and gauge              defibrillators around the city,
            (NEMSPI) has produced a high-tech        areas that require more skill training.”       Boston EMS has added an
                                                                                                    “AED Alert” feature that tells
            video game-based learning tool to        EMS subject-matter experts helped
                                                                                                    9-1-1 call-takers receiving
            train first responders and EMS provid-    NEMSPI develop the game, which can
                                                                                                    cardiac arrest calls if there is
            ers through simulations of 16 national   be downloaded at http://zerohour.nem           an AED in the building where
            planning scenarios developed by the The site has a free demo.             the call’s originating.
            Department of Homeland Security.            Proponents say virtual gaming like             The AED database was de-
              Zero Hour: America’s Medic poses       Zero Hour can represent a great ad-            veloped through the depart-
            the challenges responders would face     vance in the way first responders are           ment’s public-access defi-
            during actual disasters such as earth-   trained. Rather than running large, ex-        brillation training efforts, and
                                                                                                    even notes multiple AEDs in
            quakes and chemical, biological and      pensive live-action exercises, jurisdic-
                                                                                                    the same building. The sys-
            explosive incidents. This lets them      tions can conduct virtual disaster drills      tem went live in April.
            practice skills such as triage manage-   as multiplayer games, using the same
            ment and operational management in       software repeatedly.
            real time. Players can earn CE credits      “We believe it truly is a new day in
                                                                                                  LINE-OF-DUTY DEATHS
                                                                                                     • Robert Allen France, 45, a
            by playing the game.                     training, skills development and prac-       firefighter/EMT with Stateline Vol.
              “This is a first-of-its-kind training   tice,” Lord said. “By creating a realistic   Fire Department in Mississippi,
            tool,” said Gregg Lord, associate di-    and medically accurate environment,          was killed in March while return-
            rector and senior policy analyst with    it enables first responders to learn and      ing from a training class when his
            GWU’s Office of Homeland Security.        exercise their skills.”                      motorcycle struck a deer.

            PRODUCT NEWS IN BRIEF                     NEWS IN BRIEF
               Physio-Control announced FDA
                                                         Final FY09 preparedness grant allocations from FEMA included $48.6
            clearance to market its LIFEPAK
                                                      million for interoperable emergency communications and $33 million for
            15 monitor/defibrillator in the
                                                      emergency operations centers … ZOLL announced a voluntary field cor-
            U.S. … Philips announced tech-
                                                      rective action on certain AED Plus automated external defibrillators; see
            nology upgrades to its HeartStart
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