Annual Report of the UVU Institute of Emergency Services and Homeland Security

Annual Report 2016-2017

Earthquake Awareness and Training

Dr. Jeff Maxfield has taken the lead in providing earthquake presentations and training throughout the state. In September 2016 he presented at the Utah Prepare Conference & Expo, sponsored by Be Ready Utah, which was held at the South Towne Expo Center (now Mountain America Expo Center).  In April 2017 he provided training to officials, administrators and staff of the City of Sandy. In the presentations, he shared his experience gained on a study abroad and research trip to Christchurch, New Zealand, which were funded in part by the Institute. In August 2016, Dr. Chris Hawker from New Zealand visited UVU and presented to faculty, students, and the public information learned firsthand from the Christchurch earthquake. Prof. Gary Noll participated in the Christchurch study abroad and has contributed to the earthquake awareness and training initiative.

CHDS / UAPI cooperation

The Institute has led cooperative efforts with the Center for Homeland Defense and Security and the University and Agency Partnership Initiative. Previously, the Institute and CHDS co-sponsored a regional conference on security and defense, attended by Senator Orin Hatch. In 2016 a CDHS director, Steve Recca, was the keynote speaker at an Institute conference held in Skopje, Macedonia that was co-sponsored by the International Balkan University. Dr. Jeff Maxfield and Dr. John Fisher have attended the CDHS workshop on security education. The Institute worked with CHDS in providing input into the development of the Salt Lake Community College Emergency Management and Homeland Security.

DDC / National Guard Center of Excellence

Dr. Jeff Maxfield and Dr. John Fisher have actively participated in the development of Disaster Discovery Center programs and worked as liaisons with the Utah National Guard in the development of a Center of Excellence in Emergency Management. Maxfield served on the DDC board as president until 2015. Since then Fisher has been a member of the DDC board. The aim of the DDC is community emergency preparedness. Maxfield, Fisher, and Dr. Rodger Broome consulted in the development of DDC programs and in return the DDC has provided materials that are used in ES1150 UVU’s Community Preparedness course and provided opportunities for student internships. 

International Partnerships

Dr. Rodger Broome has been working with a university and fire academy in Taipei, Taiwan to develop opportunities for student exchanges and study abroad.  He has explored the possibility of a joint master’s program, where students in Taiwan would get UVU graduate credit online. This initiative was funded in part by the Institute.

Dr. John Fisher has been working with universities and government officials in Southeast Europe to establish community emergency preparedness training taught by UVU students. This year he met with officials in Macedonia, Kosovo, and Bosnia-Herzegovina and UVU students had the opportunity to teach at three universities, a fire department, and municipality. Fisher provided a keynote address and presented research on crisis management at a security conference in Kosovo. He lectured twice at the Kosovo Academy of Public Safety on crisis management and aviation terrorism. He is working to establish professional exchanges for Southeast European government officials and academicians to visit and study emergency operations in Utah. 

Red Cross Cooperation and Student Training

During 2016-2017, six students served internship and received training with the American Red Cross. John Fisher works as volunteer with the Red Cross on its Disaster Action Team and in  public affairs. The Red Cross held a major sheltering exercise at UVU on September 25. Dr. John Fisher and Chris Linquist provided input into the planning. Students had opportunities to participate in this exercise and receive internship credit. 

Emergency Medical Services (Partner UVU Outreach)

Steve Allred has worked with Academic Outreach to offer Healthcare certifications in Advanced Trauma and Critical Care, First Aid and CPR, and Difficult Airways.

The Advanced Trauma and Critical Care (ATACC) course provides experienced paramedics and nurses with the additional knowledge and skills needed to manage critically ill and injured patients especially during high-risk transports. ATACC is a flexible10-week hybrid course specifically designed for the working professional. The course also is offered in an intensive 2-week session or in a shortened version. The course will be offered from September 18 to November 11, 2017.

The first 9 weeks consists of online lectures, readings, learning modules, and quizzes on subjects including: ventilator management, lab data interpretation, radiographic image analysis, 12 lead EKG interpretation, hemodynamic monitoring, chest tube management, circulatory assist device management, and advanced pharmacology.

First Aid/CPR/AED Certification (AHA) provides training in the critical skills needed to respond and manage an emergency until medical services arrive. Course topics include: first aid, choking relief in adults, children, and infants – and what to do for sudden cardiac arrest in adults, children, and infants. The course was offered July 18-20, 2017 to nurses, teachers, daycare workers, and community members. It is scheduled twice for September and October 2017.

Difficult Airways provides intensive training in difficult airway management. Detailed instruction is offered in a variety of challenging patient scenarios: elevated ICP, pulmonary edema, cardiogenic shock, status asthmaticus, foreign body in the airway, direct airway trauma, and multiple trauma with shock. 

CERT training

The Institute promotes CERT training at UVU. Three courses were offered: one in association with ES1150 and taught by Chris Linquist. Two courses were offered in the fall and spring, taught by Lindsey Means and Jared Pitcher. About 30 individuals were trained in these sessions. The Institute cooperates with UVU Emergency Manager, Robin Ebmeyer, in offering these courses.

Flight Attendant Training

In July 2107, 30 Chinese flight attendants were trained in basic medical care and first aid and fire suppression techniques. This was organized by Gary Noll and taught by Gary Noll, Steve Allred and Andy Byrnes. 

Faculty and Student Research

The Institute encourages faculty and student research. Dr. Fisher worked with eight students to develop research proposals and to seek funding through undergraduate research grants. Two students received funding – one to develop videos for firefighter physical education and the other a comparison study of alarm systems. Two other students are continuing to do research through the Institute without funding about motivation in online education. One of the students, Jed Trumpet, presented preliminary findings at a conference in April.

Speakers Forum

During 2016-2017, three speakers  spoke to UVU students on topics like careers in emergency services, fire protections and prevention, and emergency management. 

OBJECTIVES 2017-2018

  • Support and promote study abroad experiences for students in New Zealand, Taiwan, Dominican Republic, Southeast Europe.
  • Continue to support Healthcare training and its extension to smaller Utah communities.
  • Develop public training opportunities through UVU Academic Outreach in the areas of community emergency preparedness and resilience.
  • Develop Institute webpage, reporting faculty and student research in emergency services and homeland security.
  • Explore further opportunities to work with the Utah National Guard in providing emergency management training.
  • Develop further student internship opportunities with community business and organizations, like the Disaster Discovery Center. 
  • Host a spring emergency services conference and sponsor a speakers’ forum for UVU students.
  • Host international visitors and speakers and encourage further international partnerships and service opportunities for UVU students.
  • Sponsor and develop flight attendant training.
  • Sponsor other faculty within the College of Health and Public Services in Institute projects.
  • Raise funds to support Institute projects from grants, donations, or earnings from projects.