Unitek Education Welcomes New EMS Program Director

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Fremont, California – March 27, 2017 – Accomplished Emergency Manager, consultant and author Joseph Pred has been named EMS Program Director at Unitek Education.

Joseph Pred brings more than 20 years of EMS services, management and leadership experience to his role as EMS Program Director. In addition to expanding and improving the already successful academic programs at Unitek Education, Pred will focus on achieving the highest levels of academic excellence, student service, and graduate success.

Most recently, Pred served as CEO of Mutual Aid Response Services (MARS) in San Francisco. The company provides consulting in emergency and risk management, EMS, curriculum development, safety, government relations, compliance and management. Pred also managed a team of 60 emergency staff, including EMTs, Paramedics, Nurses, Doctors and Dispatchers.

In a prior role, Pred founded the Burning Man Emergency Service Department and then served as its Operations Chief for 13 years. The Burning Man ESD is a ground-breaking organization with more than 100 managers and 1,000 staff charged with planning and overseeing all emergency services for a temporary city of 68,000 with a very risk-tolerant and austere environment. The organization is widely regarded as a best-in-class structure for a mass gathering event.

Over the course of his career, Pred’s credentials have included:

  • 13 years of senior leadership and executive experience, including EMS field supervision and incident management
  • 23 years EMS experience, including working in Advanced Life Support, Basic Life Support, Critical Care Transport and 911 systems
  • 15 years as an accomplished public speaker, including lecturing, training, and media relations

Joseph Pred is an author of several books, including the highly regarded “Emergency Survival Manual,” from Outdoor Life magazine. The book covers 294 life-saving skills for emergency and disaster preparedness, such as floods and treating burns and broken bones. Pred also regularly speaks at conferences on matters of emergency management, public safety, and temporary mass gatherings. Notably he is speaking at the 2017 SXSW conference later this month.

Unitek Education is a cutting-edge licensed vocational school that prepares students to become skilled EMT professionals to meet the rising demand for experts in this field. Unitek Education provides workshop-style training that emphasizes hands-on application of classroom knowledge to real-world challenges. Unitek Education programs include: EMT Boot Camp, EMT Refresher, Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support Course, Basic Life Support Course, and Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support, among others.

Operation Urban Rescue Disaster Drill Unites Military and Civilian Emergency Medical Services

On April 5th, Unitek Education hosted Operation Urban Rescue, a multi-agency, mass-casualty training simulation with the goal of uniting military and civilian emergency medical services into one training event.

On April 5th, Unitek Education hosted Operation Urban Rescue, one of the largest multi-agency, mass-casualty training simulations held in the Bay Area. Operation Urban Rescue concentrated on a military and civilian response to a simulated domestic disturbance in Fremont, California. Participants responded to an armed insurgent threat, improvised explosive devices, hazardous materials, critical medical conditions, and a massive disaster scene. Operation Urban Rescue aimed to prepare the community for a major disaster by integrating military and civilian emergency medical services into one training event.

This year’s Mas-Cal Training scenario featured a huge disaster area, two scenario hospitals, an active ambulance circuit, dynamic extraction lanes, and a dedicated helicopter landing zone. More than 600 people were involved in Operation Urban Rescue, including 32 government agencies, 264 patients, 40 medical instructors, and 245 military personnel. During an Operation Urban Rescue drill, the Fremont Police Department’s S.W.A.T. Team took action to contain hazardous materials; several volunteer patients also participated in a decontamination drill. Throughout the day, CALSTAR and the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office transferred patients via helicopter for treatment in nearby Washington Hospital.

We were honored to have Congressman Mike Honda, Mayor Bill Harrison, and Dr. Tae Yun Kim attend Operation Urban Rescue; their support validates the importance of this training exercise for our community. Additionally, Operation Urban Rescue received media attention from NBC KNTV and KDOW’s Business on the Edge radio show.

Unitek Education’s EMT students and instructors trained alongside military and civilian personnel in Operation Urban Rescue, gaining first-hand knowledge about treating critical injuries in a disaster setting. This opportunity allows Unitek Education’s EMT students to practice their skills in a realistic environment before graduating. Unitek Education is dedicated to organizing future collaborative events that provide valuable training and enhance the safety of the community as a whole.

Unitek Education’s EMT Training division’s mission is simple: Train the next wave of elite EMT professionals. Founded in 2004, Unitek Education’s 14 Day EMT Boot Camp* prepares students for their NREMT over 14-days of intense on-ground training and real-life simulations. For more information about 14 Day EMT Boot Camp*, call 888-790-1458.

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Operation Urban Rescue Disaster Training Helps Prepare Emergency Medical Response in California

Unitek Education to host Operation Urban Rescue, a multi-agency, mass-casualty training simulation with the goal of facilitating collaboration between government and civilian emergency medical services.

On April 5th, Unitek Education is hosting Operation Urban Rescue, one of the largest multi-agency, mass-casualty training simulations ever held. This year’s scenario is focused around a large-scale military and civilian response to a simulated domestic disturbance in Fremont, California. Participants will respond to an armed insurgent threat, improvised explosive devices, hazardous materials, critical medical conditions, and a massive disaster scene. Operation Urban Rescue aims to prepare the community for a major disaster by facilitating collaboration between government and civilian emergency medical services.

This year’s annual Mas-Cal Training scenario features a huge disaster area, two scenario hospitals, an active ambulance circuit, dynamic extraction lanes, and a dedicated helicopter landing zone. We expect more than 500 attendees, including 20 government agencies, 280 live patients, 40 medical instructors, and 100 military personnel to attend Operation Urban Rescue. We are honored to expect Congressman Mike Honda’s attendance at Operation Urban Rescue; his support is a testament to the importance of this training exercise for our community.

To best prepare future EMTs, Unitek Education’s EMT Boot Camp* students and instructors participate in Operation Urban Rescue alongside military and civilian personnel. The training exercise allows students to utilize their CPR and EMT skills in a realistic environment before graduation. Exposure to the fabricated disaster scene and simulated critical injuries at Operation Urban Rescue helps future EMTs prepare for an emergency medical services career. Unitek Education is dedicated to organizing future collaborative events that not only provide valuable training for the agencies involved, but enhance the safety of the community as a whole.

Last year’s event, Operation Rolling Chaos, exceeded expectations. More than 400 people attended, including 100 military personnel and 200 live patients. Attendees of note included Congressman Eric Swalwell and Mayor Bill Harrison of Fremont, as well as multiple Fremont emergency service organizations. News media provided extensive coverage of Operation Rolling Chaos, including local ABC, NBC and FOX affiliates.

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Founded in 2004, Unitek Education’s EMT Training division’s mission is simple: Train the next wave of elite EMT professionals. Unitek Education’s EMT Training Boot Camp* is an extraordinary program which prepares students for their NREMT over 14 days of intense on-ground training and real-life simulations. For more information about the 14-Day EMT Training Boot Camp*, call 888-790-1458.

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Emergency Disaster Drill Unites Efforts from 15 Agencies in Fremont | Unitek Education – EMT Training

Car wreck disaster training Operation Rolling Chaos Unitek Education FremontOn February 10th, Unitek Education hosted Operation Rolling Chaos, one of the largest Emergency disaster drills ever conducted in the bay area. This multi-agency collaboration involved the Army National Guard, California Reserve, California Highway Patrol, Fremont Police, CALSTAR, East bay Regional Park District, Fremont Unified School District, Fremont Fire, Unitek Education’s EMT Trainers and students and Unitek College students, amongst other agencies. Operation Rolling Chaos used a total of 25 vehicles, including 12 cars, 8 ambulances, 3 helicopters, and 2 buses to simulate the breaking of the Anderson Dam in Morgan Hill, which would unleash massive amounts of water onto neighboring freeways.

With over 500 participants and visitors, more than 15 agencies worked together to prepare and participate in this mass casualty incident. Local news media provided extensive coverage of the event, including ABC, NBC and FOX affiliates. When asked about the advantages of the operation, Staff Sgt. Kasey A. Schmidt commented, “Military and civilian sectors could talk to each other so that if something were to happen, we could work better together.” The goal of the event was to establish a standard operating protocol amongst the agencies when they respond to a mass casualty incident.

The guest of honor gracing the event was U.S. Representative Eric Swalwell. His support was not only a testament to the size and scope of this disaster training simulation, but to his dedication to the community. He made the trip all the way from Dublin to support the training, and was able to see many of the day’s great events. “The dedication to the cause is pretty impressive,” Swalwell said while witnessing the event, “…it takes practice, practice, practice, and you hope that over time the hours of practice make you ready for when something like this happens.” He met with and commended many of the top officials in attendance including those from Unitek Education, Unitek College, and the Military, for doing an outstanding job. He toured the Unitek Education campus and observed the rescue event first hand. We were also proud to have Fremont Mayor Bill Harrison in attendance. He observed the disaster simulation, a helicopter landing, and also met with the CALSTAR Helicopter crew. At the end of the event, he addressed the military service members that had taken part in the event, thanking them for their service and participation in Operation Rolling Chaos. Mayor Bill Harrison’s involvement highlighted Fremont’s commitment to disaster response preparedness.

Congressmen Eric Swalwell meets with top officials of the agencies involved in Operation Rolling Chaos including: Unitek Education, Military, and Fremont Police Department.Among the highlights of the event were the three helicopters that touched down at the Unitek Education campus throughout the day. The Sonoma County Sheriff helicopter pilots displayed enormous skill and expertise with an intense rescue drill, where a mid-air lift was simulated. A host of medical instructors, military personnel, and nursing students were utilized to assess patient status, and provide triage and patient care. Louis Nguyen was one of the many Vocational Nursing students at Unitek College who participated as a patient for the event. He made the most of his experience, noting “It was valuable being able to watch the current licensed vocational nurses in action and working at a fast pace. I appreciated the way that they communicated with each other, with other agencies, and especially with patients.” EMT boot camp* student Johen MacDonald was also able to gain valuable knowledge and appreciated the realism of the operation, remarking “Good hands on experience! We practiced everything, and got it done.” Patients were moved from the disaster zone, to the casualty collection point, onto ambulances, and into the simulation hospital, where appropriate care was rendered.

Fremont's Mayor Bill Harrison poses for a photograph with a CALSTAR helicopter pilot and Paul Afshar, CEO of Unitek Information Systems.Unitek Education’s EMT boot camp* students and instructors participated in the event alongside personnel from the military agencies, allowing them an opportunity to practice their EMT skills. Unitek Education’s lead EMT instructor, Eric O’Neal added that, “We have received an overwhelmingly positive response from the participating agencies about their participation, their individual training needs, and possible future events. A special thanks should be directed to the participating agencies; hands-down we could not have pulled off Operation Rolling Chaos without them.”

Unitek Education helped organize the event and hosted it at their training location in Fremont. They are dedicated to organizing future collaborative events that not only provide valuable training for the agencies involved, but enhance the safety of the community as a whole.

About Unitek Education
Founded in 2004, Unitek Education’s EMT Training division’s mission is simple: Training the next wave of EMT professionals. Unitek Education’s EMT Boot Camp* is a one of a kind program which gets students skilled and prepared for their NREMT with hands-on, intense training. Get certified in less time and gain real hands-on experience. For more information call 888-790-1458.

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Operation Rolling Chaos This Sunday | Unitek Education

Unitek Education to Host Mass Emergency Incident on February 10th

FREMONT, CAUnitek Education along with several tactical teams, local law enforcement, firefighting agencies and military personal will be collaborating for a mass casualty emergency simulation to educate and prepare for the next Bay Area major disaster. In total, this nonprofit event is a product of 15 agencies and is expected to educate 400+ attendees. The event, titled Operation Rolling Chaos, is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. on Sunday, February 10th in Fremont, CA.

“The goal of this event is to educate our community, the agencies involved and mainly our students,” said Eric O’Neal, Unitek Education’s lead EMT instructor. Eric added, “We are giving these tactical teams who may not have the opportunity to work together, the chance to learn from each other so that when a real emergency like Loma Preita or Hurricane Sandy happens, we are all better prepared.”

Operation Rolling Chaos is open to our local community to attend. Unitek Education is encouraging anyone who is interested in disaster preparedness to attend this event. Attendees of this event will leave with a new understanding of how tactical teams operate during a mass casualty incident. “No one wants a disaster to happen, but the fact is they do,” O’Neal said. “If our emergency response teams, volunteers, and community at large should take away one thing, it would be that we were proactively preparing. People may say that there is no way to be 100% prepared, but it won’t stop us from trying.”

This large training scenario will be centered on the breaking of the Anderson Dam near Morgan Hill. In 2009, Santa Clara Valley Water District concluded from a study that the dam may break if a 6.6 magnitude or 7.2 magnitude earthquakes were to hit within a mile. It has been projected that once the dam breaks, a 35-foot wall of water will engulf downtown Morgan Hill and its surrounding areas. EMT’s will be the first to arrive, but once realizing the scope of the disaster will call in back up from military agencies. To mimic this large scale disaster Operation Rolling Chaos commissioned the use of 12 cars, 1 bus, 8 ambulances, and the landing of 3 helicopters.

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Unitek Education is a privately held company dedicated to producing the next wave of emergency medical technicians by enforcing real-life and hands-on training. Over 3,000 EMTs have graduated from Unitek Education EMT 14-day boot camp*.

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EMT Course – Emergency Response Simulation

Unitek Education’s Emergency Response Simulation, with CALSTAR Air Rescue, Ensures Real-life Success of Future EMTs

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EMT students at the 12-hour emergnecy air and ground rescue simulation

Fremont, CA, June 27, 2011 Unitek Education teamed up with California Shock Trauma Air Rescue (CALSTAR) to provide their EMT students the unique opportunity to participate in an emergency response and air rescue simulation. During the Trauma-Sunday 12-hour drill, which is a core component of the EMT training, EMT students responded to an emergency call and provided on-scene care for victims of traumatic injury. This included an amazing opportunity – the transfer and loading of trauma victims for emergency airlift by helicopter.

Mike K., an EMT student participating in the mock casualty scene that included live victims and overturned car wreckage commented, “The hands on nature of this EMT training gave us the real world confidence to tackle any situation that may be waiting for us in our futures as healthcare providers.” In addition to CALSTAR, additional emergency response agencies participating in the mass casualty incident drill included Royal Ambulance, West Med Ambulance, Silicon Valley Ambulance and the Fremont Fire Department. The EMTs-in-training gained invaluable hands-on experience in emergency ground and air rescue. The day’s training capped with drills for the care and transport of critically injured patients to trauma centers via CALSTAR’s helicopter and local ambulances.

The simulation prepares emergency response personnel to quickly and efficiently assess and respond to the needs of critically injured patients who require airlifting to trauma centers via helicopter. Under these conditions, time is critical – Unitek Education’s unique EMT training teaches that every second counts.

Mock trauma rescue operations provide the vital experience students need to perform successfully in real life rescue operations. Students gain the needed confidence in their abilities to perform when faced with real-life emergencies, as an EMT’s level of preparedness may mean life-or-death.

Since there is no better teacher than experience, this mock rescue operation may prove to be one of the most useful training exercises these EMT students encounter. Although this specific drill was unique, similar real-life and hands-on training scenarios are a staple of Unitek Education’s EMT training.

Unitek Education’s EMT training is a comprehensive 14-Day EMT Boot Camp* providing intensive instruction and certification. For more information about the unique experiences and rewards of training for an EMT career, visit Unitek Education’s EMT Training website.