Past events:

Preparing for Flu Season: Adding BD Triplex to your Toolkit

During the event on September 21, we heard from Washington Fire Chiefs who plan to implement BD Triplex into their day-to-day services.

We covered questions like:  

  • How does the test work?
  • How do we administer the test with a patient? 
  • What are the steps to implementing BD Triplex? 
  • What are the most common use cases?
  • What are the challenges to implementing BD Triplex?
  • What does a draft protocol & care narrative look like for Triplex testing? 

BD Triplex is a powerful new tool for diagnosing respiratory illness at point-of-care. Watch the video above to learn more about this technology and how it can be a crucial part of your care delivery.

Past events:

The Critical Role First Responders play in Public Health: Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

On March 9, 2023, Dr. Michael Sayre and Chief Shaun Ford joined us for the first WA COVID-19 Learning Network event, “The Critical Role First Responders Play in Public Health: Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.”

Watch the entire presentation or jump to specific topics from the session by clicking through our index below. 

Video Index. Hear Dr. Sayre and Chief Ford respond to these questions:



Meet the Speakers

Dr. Michael Sayre

Medical Director, Seattle Medic One, Seattle Fire Department & Emergency Department Physician, Harborview Medical Center

Michael Sayre serves as Medical Director for the Seattle Fire Department, works as an emergency physician at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, and contributes to the Resuscitation Academy and the Global Resuscitation Alliance. He is the Medical Director for the University of Washington Michael K. Copass Paramedic Training Program and a faculty member for the University of Washington EMS Medicine Fellowship. He is a Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Washington.

Chief Shaun Ford

EMS Division Chief, Camas-Washougal Fire Department & EMS Section Chair of Washington Fire Chief Association

Ford recently joined Camas-Washougal Fire Department as their EMS Division Chief. Most recently, Ford served as Chief for North Country EMS and Clark County Fire District 13 in Yacolt, WA, and was in this role for five years. Prior to this, he was the Training Division Chief for North Country EMS, the EMS Division Chief for Clark County and has been a Firefighter/Paramedic in Idaho and Oregon during his eighteen year career. Shaun holds a Master of Public Administration degree from DeVry University and a Bachelor’s degree in Fire Service Engineering from Eastern Kentucky University.

About the learning network

The Learning Network is a platform for First Responder agencies. It promotes learning, fosters the spread of best practices, and examines sustainability of services in partnership with the Washington state Department of Health.

The Learning Network is a free and open resource for all Washington based First Responders – both those enrolled in WA COVID-19 and those not enrolled. All are welcome to participate, learn, and share. 

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