Fire EMS

PROPOSED 1710, PART 2

Issue 12 and Volume 153.

This month’s topic is the Emer-gency Medical Operations component of the proposed National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1710, Standard for the Organization and Deployment of Fire Suppression, Emergency Medical Operations and Special Operations to the Public by Career Fire Departments, and NFPA 1720, Standard for Volunteer Fire Service. The fact is that EMS incidents play a large role in our day-to-day operations. The proposed 1710 (2-3.2) states: “The fire department’s organizational statement shall ensure the fire department’s emergency medical response capability includes sufficient personnel equipment and resources to effectively and safely deploy at the first responder level with automatic external defibrillator (AED) or higher treatment level.” The proposed standard again provides response guidelines similar to those for fire response ( 3-3.4.3.2): …. “First Responder with AED within a (4) minute response time ninety (90) percent of the time.” In Toledo, all firefighters, regardless of rank, are trained as a minimum…

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