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Cops, Terrorists and Infectious Disease

QUINTAS DIAS.  F—– was a state policeman.  He was in his 30s, nice-looking with a pleasant disposition.  He’d been on the force for four years and was the designated area hazmat officer.
We were having dinner at Tio’s an excellent Mexican restaurant and talking shop.  The topic switched to Texas and the recent death of T.E. Duncan the Liberian Ebola victim.  F——– expressed his regrets over Duncan’s death.  That is all I needed to bore in.
I asked what preps the police were taking to face an infectious disease outbreak.  F——- grimaced and glanced away.
“Dude, come on, ain’t gonna go public with who you are… I’ll deep background ya, my word on it.” I said, hoping this might prompt F—— to open up.
I asked him if the police agencies were being issued PPEs and training on when and how to use this protective gear.  F—— said.  “I’ve got my Tyvek hazmat suit, respirator and other stuff and that’s it.” I asked him to explain.  F——- added that he was part of the state hazmat response task force, a specialized unit.  A brief silence ensued.  He knew what I was thinking.  “No, I’m it in the district…  The other guys don’t have a damn thing, or have the training either.”
I told him what I knew about the circumstances of several Texas cops allegedly displaying Ebola symptoms.  The cops had been dispatched to serve a search warrant at the Duncan residence.
I asked him if he had heard about the ISIS terrorist cell apprehended on the border by the border cops.  He shook his head.  I got mad.  F—– looked around to see who was watching.  I lowered my voice and shot him a look.
“Dude you and the guys, if you don’t get heads out of asses are in MF city.”
F——- look pained and agreed.  He confirmed that the state police lacked PPEs and response protocols.  There was little or no inter-agency hazmat training.  The state had a hazmat unit, were good, but were dispersed and too few to handle any type of sustained chemical or bacteriological onslaught.  The local cops were hopelessly behind.
I was getting hotter.  I asked him if he was aware of lessons learned in the Mumbai terrorist assault and if he knew about terrorists blowing up a hospital in Yemen recently.
“Jesus, didn’t know about that.”  He replied.  I asked him what management was doing to upgrade training and equipment to contend with  infectious diseases or running  into an ambush set to prep a kill zone to take out first responders, or to respond to an active shooter situation at a health care facility.  F——- looked sick and shrugged.
“What are you guys doing about intelligence.”  I asked.  “Well, I brief the locals on what we know.”  I asked him if clinics and hospitals were tied into a formal intelligence network.  He shook his head.
F—– said there had been no contingency plans or consideration to involve health care facilities, medical personnel in assessing security at health care facilities, planning a mutual aid response, target hardening or protecting paramedics, patients, and nurses on site.
Then F——- said something that electrified me.  “I’m up to speed on hazmat scenarios, know the protocols and how to use my stuff… but I gotta say most of the guys, and that includes me will probably not go on a call.”  He added that the bottom line was that the cops couldn’t handle it.
I shot back that he and the guys needed to put heat on the goddamn politicians and the highers.  F——- snickered.
We did a high five half-heartedly, as we pushed our plates away and got up to leave.  I paid and watched F——- saunter over to his cruiser.  He nodded at me and drove away.
I felt sick and depressed.
In sum, the state police and most of the local police were not ready to handle a terrorist attack on any major facility, including a medical facility, lacked equipment and training, and were behind the power curve.  Management did not seem very concerned or aware.  Hospitals and clinics were not part of an integrated intelligence network.
The bummer man is full of [expletive].  DHS is full of it.  So is the NIH and the CDC…buncha puffed up morons.
I knew what would happen to F——- if he choose to go public.  He’ be fired instantly.  He’d loose all of his benefits, his pension and he’d go on the do-not- hire blacklist.  F——- was doomed to shoveling [expletive] in a chicken coop if he blew the whistle.
I drove home in a very black mood.
F——- is a good cop and a good man.  He has a nice family.  Doctor Bennet is also a good man.  Nurse Angela, is a sweet matron with wonderful bedside skills.  They all are part of our first line response community.  People live or die based on their skills, perceptions and willingness to get involved.
When I got home, I checked the latest news reports.  The nurse’s condition in Spain is worsening.  Possible Ebola cases were reported in Austria, a British citizen was reported dead in Macedonia from possible Ebola. A recent poll indicated a majority of Americans wanted incoming flights from Africa’s hot zones stopped, while Ebola cases were reported in France, an Ebola cluster in Spain, and three Texas cops were now reported symptomatic.  To top it off Ebola burial crews in Sierra Leone were going on strike.
And our elected leaders, WTF about them?  What were they doing?  Well, one politician was calling for napalming African villages in the hot zones.  An American reporter was decrying media and official lack of transparency regarding the pandemic EV68 virus outbreak, killing kids and adults and rendering others with a polio-like paralysis.
CLICK… I turned off the news.  I had had enough.  Just before staring off at the wall numb, I caught a flash of a headline on the computer.  I brought up the article and smiled.
The American people were buying up all the emergency gear they could get their hands on.  Emergency gear suppliers were reporting up to 240% spikes in sales on: face masks, gloves, booties, disinfectants, protective suits, gas masks and all kinds of emergency gear, including manuals.
Good.  That underscored something about the American people I had learned a long time ago.  They were always far ahead of the goddamn politicians and were taking their security into their own hands.
I lingered on a thought.  Perhaps these people could be inspired to help F——-, and the little nurses out there left on their own to cope with a prolonged infectious disease outbreak and to form protective details to provide some physical security protection for our first responders and medical facility staff.
The thought cheered me.
I bet they will.
Quintus Dias
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Quintas Dias.  Breaking…Ebola patient now critical.  Apartment building under Q in Kansas City.

 

I might add this is how not to handle an important issue by covering it all up in layers of secrecy.  The American people want to be informed and have that right.  Secrecy just adds fuel to the fire and makes people wary of GOOFS (government officials).

Do not forget that panic is a political warfare weapon used to destabilize populations and to drive people in a certain direction.  If you are upset and anxious and the victim of mis or disinformation, it is that much easier to manipulate you.  Notice how that hospital in Dallas changed stories after they got smoked out.  The PR director there is a moron like the [expletive] director of the CDC.
More and more of my EMS contacts are reporting that their facilities are woefully unprepared to handle any major infectious disease outbreak, much less Ebola.  Here are the primary concerns.
1.  Staff do not have the training in recognizing symptoms and treating mass casualties resulting from an infectious disease outbreak.  They do not know what questions to ask to identify medical intelligence signifiers.  Obviously, that was part of the [expletive] up in Dallas.  Training is a MANAGEMENT FUNCTION AND RESPONSIBILITY.  Most nurses and doctors want to do the best possible job and to provide the best possible care.  I know that from experience.  But let’s not forget that they are frequently at loggerheads with administrators who are not medical practitioner care givers, and focus on the bottom line and are essentially bean counters.
2.  There are only four level 4 contagion facilities in the entire United States.  And these have limited capacity.
3.  Hospitals lack PPEs and know how in using this equipment properly.
4.  Nurses, doctors, transporters lack decon equipment and knowledge in using it.
5.  Medical staff lack current intelligence parameters in assisting them to categorize and track patients.
6.  Medical staff do not trust the CDC and their BS.
7.  Staff lack knowledge and training in infectious disease WASTE management and disposal.
Look at the idiots using a pressure washer to clean up vomit on the sidewalk outside the E patients apartment.  Heavy rains hit Dallas soon after the incident.  Where do you think all of that residue went?  Could it be into the drains and sewers?
Related…Mexico
Recent discussions with Mexican EMS personnel indicate that they realize their asses are on the line too.  If we lack preparedness, equipment, and training, they are as much behind the power curve as we are.  Momentarily, they are concerned about outbreaks of cholera and the concentration of people coming over their borders from Meso America that have Chikunguya, malaria, Dengue, and virulent strains of TB.  They are just as angry as their American brothers and sisters.  Illegals TRASH their country and put them at risk, too.  They cite the need to develop and implement a common medical intelligence system to benefit both Mexico and the US.  Most Mexicans do not support illegal immigration.  It’s the bought off [expletive] in the Mexican government on the US pad that do.
Something that many of you may not be aware of.  Despite Mexico’s social and economic issues, Mexico has always maintained very high standards of health care and medical practice.  Their doctors and  nurses are among the very best in the world.  The Mexican health system is patterned on the German and Spanish models and many of their practitioners are trained at Madrid University and Heidelberg University.  They have made large strides to improve health care that we should take note of.
What impressed me in recent discussions with practitioners there, is their willingness to admit to mistakes and lost opportunities and to try to overcome those deficiencies without putting the country into bankruptcy.  Another thing.  Despite popular stereotypes many Mexicans do not subscribe to the ‘fuck you gringo’ mentality.  They are decent people who love their families and country as much as we do.  Their country has been hijacked by foreign entities pursuing agendas related to global organized crime and terrorism.  And we know where this leads back to, right?
Finally, they too are aware that Mexico has been targeted by the cabal because of Mexico’s immense natural resource wealth and high birth rate. They also cite concerns that it would be much easier to start the hemispheric war in Mexico and then ship it over the border to the US.  That very nearly happened almost 100 years ago when US officials discovered German intelligence plans to embroil the United States in a ruinous war with Mexico (see The Plan de San Diego, 1915).  The originators of the plan were German intelligence agents.  Germany hijacked the Mexican Revolution and were conducting biological warfare and guerrilla warfare against the United States from Mexico.  Contextually, think about it.  What better place than Mexico to destabilize and conduct a quiet war against the United States with silent weapons.  Is it should be obvious why the crime cartels have taken over Mexico and why the US border remains open.
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