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For Carmen Lampman, learning the systems approach to emergency incident management onsite with her instructors and fellow students has been the highlight of the program so far.
“It was nice to be able to put a real face to the people I regularly talk with every week,” says Lampman, who immigrated to Canada from Germany 12 years ago.
“We all had a leading role to play and learned how it works,” says Lampman. “From a learning perspective, you saw how overwhelming things can be in an incident with limited resources and how difficult it is to communicate information sometimes with only half the picture, but also how to stay focused and not lose control over the situation.”
Balancing her Lakeland studies with her full-time paramedic career at Haldimand County Paramedic Service, Lampman says she was eager to complete the practical training portion of the program. “Overall, it gave me a better understanding of what’s going on when we have a bigger incident because in my line of work, I would be the one to pick up the patient and take them to the hospital. But now I see what’s going on behind the scenes with the command centre or emergency operations centre, so it was really interesting to experience this and gain this knowledge.”
While BABES students came from across Western Canada for the training, Lampman was one of seven students who travelled from Ontario. Coming from different emergency services backgrounds and professions, Lampman says the opportunity to connect with her peers in-person was helpful.
“I think it’s beneficial to see how other emergency services professionals work and operate. You know, we share the some of the same struggles with our services and could relate,” she says.