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National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System: AEDs Save Firefighters

12/11/2009
Having one of your own go down is one of the most traumatic situations a firefighter can face. The advent of advanced life support, AEDs, and trained first responders has combined to save countless lives. However, the adrenaline rush floods the body fuller when it is one of our own, as in this week's featured report:"I had been dispatched as a first responder to a medical call near my home. I responded, and found that the medical unit was on scene upon my arrival. There were two personnel on the ambulance, and I assisted them in loading the patient into the ambulance. I spotted traffic as the ambulance driver backed out of the driveway. When the driver went enroute to the hospital, I...

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