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EMS look back and learn from Husky Refinery Explosion

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DULUTH,MN-- It's been almost two years since the Husky Refinery Explosion in Superior.

To date officials call it one of the worst events the Twin Ports has seen.

Now they're using it as a learning tool for other first responders.

At the AEMSA conference at the DECC, paramedics who were on the scene that day shared with others what they learned from the incident.

Mayo Clinic paramedic Anders Hultstrom was the speaker at the session.

He says, "During the Husky Refinery incident I served as an accountability officer and then the medical liaison in the command post."

Hultstrom shared his experiences about what his team learned from that explosion.

Detailing what went right and what they had to prepare for.

"I knew I needed to talk a lot about the details and about what exactly happened and why it did. But for me, I really wanted to touch on the human aspect of this. EMS providers, police, and fire have a very psychologically demanding job," says Hultstrom.

Paramedics from around the Arrowhead region listened in.

Cory Kissling a paramedic of 45 years says, "I've had the opportunity to respond to a lot of disasters through my career. It's always good to try to learn from other disasters, how they were handled, what lessons can be learned so we can improve in the future."

Paramedics say debriefing on rare incidents like the Refinery explosion is a tool for others to learn from.


Emma Quinn

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