Small Departments Do Big Job With Medical Services

Issue 11 and Volume 129.

Small Departments Do Big Job With Medical Services features Fire departments in many areas respond to more first-aid or rescue calls than fire alarms and in recent years, cardiopulmonary resuscitation is playing an increasingly important role in the fire service. In many areas, the fire department may be the only organized group that gives immediate aid in accidents or sudden illnesses. Large departments may have wellequipped paramedic teams, ambulance crews and readily available medical help, but most smaller or volunteer departments must rely on manual basic CPR assisted by resuscitators and oxygen. One such case is the Orinda Fire Protection District in Contra Costa County in the northern part of California, about 15 milps east of San Francisco. The district protects 16,500 residents in a 36-square-mile area. All trained in CPR All 34 personnel, under the command of Chief Dave Evans, are trained in first aid, CPR and rescue work,…

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