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What first responders need to know about explosives: The Jarred Alden Interview: Part 2 – SAM 382

This is part 2 of a 2-part interview with Akron (OH) Fire Lieutenant Jarred Alden shares what we need to know about homemade explosive devices, blast effect, treating blast injury victims, and more. 

Lieutenant Alden is a paramedic and operations officer for the Akron (OH) Fire Department. He has 17+ years of experience as a firefighter and 15 + years as a paramedic. He is also a member of the SWAT Tactical Medic program. Alden has a master of arts degree in applied behavioral sciences from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, and a baccalaureate degree in sociology/criminology from Urbana University in Ohio. He served as an instructor in sociology at the University of Akron for six years.

In this interview, Lieutenant Alden helps us to understand how easy it is for homemade explosives to be made.  He shares important information about blast effects and helps us understand how blast Injuries occur, how to identify assess and treat them.  He also shares information about the Lethal Triad of Trauma and discusses the role law enforcement plays in assisting with patient treatments.

Length: 35 Minutes

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About the Host

Richard B. Gasaway, PhD, CSP is widely considered a trusted authority on human factors, situational awareness and the high-risk decision making processes used in high-stress, high consequence work environments. He served 33 years on the front lines as a firefighter, EMT-Paramedic, company officer, training officer, fire chief and emergency incident commander.  His doctoral research included the study of cognitive neuroscience to understand how human factors flaw situational awareness and impact high-risk decision making.


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