Public Safety Support

First Hands Program

pssd---first-hands-logo.jpgTo improve public safety communications and emergency medical capabilities in Mississippi's most rural areas, the University of Mississippi Medical Center has developed the First Hands program. The program trains first responders in first aid and in the use of Mississippi Wireless Information Network (MSWIN), our statewide public safety communication platform.

Courses offered within the program focus on emergency situation exercises and medical and communications education.

Areas of training

Emergency communication and medical care
  • Criteria for air evacuation and landing zone operations
  • Utilization of MS MED-COM for resource acquisition
Mississippi's emergency communication system

MSWIN is the only statewide emergency communication network available for use by both state and local public safety entities. It is designed to cover 97% of the state and provide reliable voice and data communication, even in extreme weather conditions.
  • Agency interoperability
  • Communications with medical assets
  • MSWIN Statewide P25 system
  • Talkgroups for regional events

Life-saving medical applications and skills

  • Basic life support care
  • Basic trauma assessment and traumatic injury care
  • Bleeding control and tourniquet application
  • Recognizing signs and symptoms of heart attack and stroke

For information or to schedule a class

(601) 815-6060
Email: publicsafetysupport@umc.edu

This material is based upon work supported by the U.S Department of Homeland Security under Grant Award Number, {2016-PD-120-REMC001}. The views and conclusions contained in this document are those of the authors and should not be interpreted as necessarily representing the official policies, either expressed or implied of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.