Parker, South Metro honor Rocky Vista's community spirit

University's contributions to community safety among reasons for special award

Staff report
Posted 3/12/19

Rocky Vista University was honored for its contributions to the safety of the Parker community during a special presentation March 6 by the Town of Parker and Mayor Mike Waid. The honor comes, in …

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Parker, South Metro honor Rocky Vista's community spirit

University's contributions to community safety among reasons for special award

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Rocky Vista University was honored for its contributions to the safety of the Parker community during a special presentation March 6 by the Town of Parker and Mayor Mike Waid.

The honor comes, in part, because of the university's sharing of resources, commitment to emergency preparedness and dedication to training first responders, according to a news release.

As part of its ongoing partnership with South Metro Fire and Rescue, Rocky Vista participated in simulation drills to train Parker's emergency responders for worst-case scenarios. Most recently, Rocky Vista provided military training, equipment and other resources to support a nine-day active shooter/mass casualty drill.

The university's students, faculty and staff provided expertise at the site of the simulated emergency and in the emergency and operating rooms at nearby hospitals. The drill helped to develop best practices for participating hospitals and trained close to 1,000 first responders, medical personnel and community members, the release said.

“The event is absolutely amazing,” Waid said during the award presentation. “This is cutting-edge training happening right here in Parker, Colorado, and specifically with our first responders and law enforcement agencies. If we have an active-shooter situation, we will be well-prepared.”

Rocky Vista also has partnered with South Metro on numerous research projects, such as researching the effects of stress on first responders through the collection of real-time biometric data during a past drill. A second research project connected biometric data to software that continuously monitors patient conditions to enhance patient care in the operating room.

South Metro paramedics tested this software at Swedish Medical Center during a drill to demonstrate the efficiency of allocating operating room resources to the most severely injured patients in an emergency situation.

“RVU has gone above and beyond any reasonable expectation of good will as a community neighbor,” Ryan Shelton, South Metro training lieutenant who nominated Rocky Vista for the award, said in the release. “This is because of the belief and shared value of the importance of bringing this cutting-edge training to our local responder community to prepare for the worst.”

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