Lander alumnus examines critical role of EMS in nation’s lifeline

July 22, 2020

An article in the July issue of the “Domestic Preparedness Journal,” written by Lander alumnus Ron Cain, addresses the role of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in the nation’s Healthcare and Medical Lifeline.

EMS is one of seven community lifelines identified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as being critical to the U.S. response to disasters and emergencies.

As part of the Health and Medical Lifeline, EMS is linked to other vital lifelines, which include Safety and Security; Food, Water, and Sheltering; Energy (Power and Fuel); Communications; Transportation, and Hazardous Materials. EMS responders depend on these important lifelines to ensure the safety and success of their operations.

Cain’s article, titled “EMS Continuity of Operations Plan: A Critical Lifeline Component,” examines the interdependence of community lifelines and how the strengths and vulnerabilities of these lifelines can benefit or impact EMS operations.

Cain, an FNF Coordinator in preparedness at the S.C. Emergency Management Division, earned his M.S. degree from Lander’s Emergency Management Program in May 2020. The Florence native has more than 25 years of combined experience in local government and military Emergency Medical Services systems. His extensive background includes work as a flight paramedic, EMS special operations coordinator, and U.S. Department of Homeland Security Weapons of Mass Destruction instructor. To read Cain’s article, visit