Don Braim most qual­i­fied for pub­lic safety po­si­tion

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - OPINION -

Much has been made of Don Braim hav­ing years of ex­pe­ri­ence in the law en­force­ment field and man­age­ment ex­pe­ri­ence at the Saratoga Gam­ing and Rac­ing fa­cil­ity. What many lo­cal ci­ti­zens may not know is that his years of ex­pe­ri­ence at the Gam­ing and Rac­ing Fa­cil­ity also in­cluded man­ag­ing an emer­gency med­i­cal op­er­a­tion.

Prior to the open­ing of this venue Don saw a need for med­i­cal ser­vices at the ra­cino. Know­ing that the in­crease in crowds at the fa­cil­ity would have an im­pact on med­i­cal calls in the city, Don reached out to lo­cal fire­fight­ers to gauge an in­ter­est in work­ing at the ra­cino. By hir­ing emt’s from the depart­ment and sur­round­ing de­part­ments, the calls for ser­vices that would have re­sulted in a re­sponse from the Saratoga Springs Fire Depart­ment were re­duced and han­dled in house. Not only did the City ben­e­fit from this pro­gram by not hav­ing to re­spond to all med­i­cal calls at the fa­cil­ity but vis­i­tors to the fa­cil­ity who hap­pened to have more se­ri­ous in­ci­dents also ben­e­fit­ted from hav­ing pro­fes­sion­ally trained providers on site. As a re­sult, sev­eral pa­tients suf­fer­ing car­diac ar­rest have been re­vived and walked out of lo­cal hospi­tals. Ad­di­tion­ally, when the fire depart­ment does re­spond to a se­ri­ous in­ci­dent, the time on the scene is re­duced due to the per­son­nel al­ready on scene.

Don Braim has ex­pe­ri­ence not only in law en­force­ment but has over­seen an emer­gency med­i­cal ser­vice that fol­lows the guide lines of the New York State Depart­ment of Health, the same guide lines that the Saratoga Springs Fire Depart­ment fol­lows.

This is one more ex­am­ple of Don Braim be­ing the most qual­i­fied can­di­date for Com­mis­sioner of Pub­lic Safety for Saratoga Springs. John Kirk­patrick Saratoga Springs

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