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Old 03-27-2011, 3:14 PM
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There are many fire units and personnel standing by waiting for fires but nearly 80% of calls are medical in nature.

Dispatching a fire unit with basic life support trained personnel (EMT-Basic) - and in some cases - even more advanced trained (some fire units even have EMT-Paramedics) - allows quicker care to the patient. It also potentially helps get the patient to the hospital quicker and *could* help get the transport (ambulance) back in service faster in the long run.

Basic life support (First Responders an EMT Basic training) includes but is not limited to:
Opening/Maintaining an Airway
Ensuring Breathing
Ensuring Circulation
Controling bleeding

EMT Basic protocols now even include the ability to give or assist with basic drugs to help with breathing and allergic reactions.

...and all of this even before the ambulance arrives on the scene.

Standard Emergency Medical Dispatching (EMD) "classifies" the severity of the medical emergency and in some cases no first responder is sent. Of course, all of this varies dependent upon the jurisdiction's policies, training, and other factors.
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