Noblesville, Ind – September 20, 2014 – At any given moment, a fire fighter can find themselves performing a forcible entry to extinguish a fire, rescuing people trapped in an automobile accident, or performing defibrillation on a cardiac patient, all while wearing thermal layered protective clothing in a decreased visibility environment. Methodist Sports Medicine rehabilitation specialists Scott Hamersly, MSPT, ATC, and JoAnn Walker, DPT, were among several individuals who got to experience these important life saving events in one day at Fire Ops 101 in Noblesville.
The event, presented by the Hamilton County Professional Fire Fighters Association at their training facility on East 160th Street in Noblesville, enables lay persons to live a day in the life of a firefighter. It’s the second year that Methodist Sports Medicine staff have participated in this event. Orthopedic surgeon Mark Ritter, M.D., Hamersly, and Travis Crozier, DPT, also participated in 2013. “The men and women who perform these tasks daily are true heroes and superstar athletes,” said Hamersly, who is the Clinical Director of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation for Methodist Sports Medicine. “To experience these grueling rotations in situations that closely resemble real life emergencies is not only grueling and challenging but quite humbling, said Hamersly. “It’s an honor to be able to help these local fire fighters get back into service when they are injured in the line of duty and need to visit our facilities.”
Participants are advised to hydrate in advance, be in good health, wear jeans or lightweight trousers and a lightweight short-sleeve cotton shirt as they are issued personal protective equipment including boots to wear during these exercises that expose them to intense heat and stress. Each event includes instruction from expert fire fighters to help them navigate through each adrenalin-filled moment.