Front-Line Health Workers in a Pandemic / Delaney Rahl, EMT + Derek Mitchka, EMT-P

This workshop will explore how the COVID-19 outbreak has impacted front-line workers – the men and women who continue to play an integral role in the global response to the pandemic. In this session, an EMT and paramedic will share their unique experiences, and attendees will learn about their day-to-day endeavors before and during the pandemic. Participants will also have an opportunity to learn the steps of basic triage and practice how it would be implemented during an emergency situation.


Workshop Facilitators: Delaney Rahl, EMT and Derek Mitchka, EMT-P

Delaney Rahl, EMT received her undergraduate degree in biological sciences from Florida State University in 2019. Since graduating, she has been working as an Emergency Medical Technician for one of Tallahassee’s premier Emergency Departments as well as for FSU’s basketball arena serving the audience’s emergent medical needs. Between driving an ambulance and working for a major COVID-19 testing site, Delaney has viewed the pandemic’s large-scale effects from various front-line perspectives. She is currently applying to medical schools so she may one-day provide a higher caliber of care for her patients.

Derek Mitchka, EMT-P is a graduate of Florida State university, as well as a Certified Paramedic. He has been involved with many aspects of EMS for the last 18 years including pre-hospital 911 emergency response, community education, special operations and disaster response, supervising, and dispatch. In addition to responding to medical emergencies before and during the Covid pandemic, Derek is a full time Associate Professor in the EMS program at Tallahassee Community College. He enjoys preparing students for working in the challenging field of emergency pre-hospital care.