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REMSA Heroic in Sparks Middle School Shooting

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Whether it's the IHOP shooting in Carson City, the air races crash in Stead or most recently, the Sparks Middle School shooting, REMSA is in the middle of it all, putting their lives in jeopardy to save others.

REMSA was quick in their response to the Sparks Middle School shooting and like many tragic situations in our area, a lot of the credit goes toward eight people most of us have never heard of. 

They make up what's called REMSA's TEMS team, which stands for Tactical Emergency Medical Support.

"We actually had a tactical medic who could go in immediately," said President and CEO of REMSA, Jim Gubbels. "What they do is identify where the casualties are, they can move them into a safer zone, start treatment and then call the ambulances as needed into safe loading zones to be able to move the victims out."

Gubbels said many other communities across the nation do not have a TEMS team. So they have to wait and stand by out of the area, until law enforcement believes it's safe enough to call paramedics in to help the wounded.

Gubbels said Reno is actually one of the first communities in the country to have a TEMS team.

The idea originated in Canada, but was brought here to Reno by a staff member.

"We're very active, along with the community, law enforcement, fire first response and hospitals and we do them at least once a year, where we'll have a drill looking at mass casualties."

To see the entire interview, watch Face the State this weekend. The show airs Saturday at 4:30am and Sunday at 6:30am.

Written by Chris Ciarlo

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