Engine Company, Fire EMS, Firefighting

Rochester (NY) Firefighters Make Cardiac Arrest Save

Members of Engine 5 from the Rochester (NY) Fire Department helped revive a patient suffering cardiac arrest during a recent incident, which was captured on video and uploaded to YouTube.

Joe Ignizio, a bystander who captured the video, wrote that he and his brother assisted firefighters with getting the patient out of the truck. In the video summary, Ignizio wrote that Engine 5 members “relentlessly worked on their patient trying to revive him. Not seen in the video [they] used an electronic device to shock his heart. After three times, the man’s heart started.”

Hap tip to Dave Statter, who has more on the incident HERE.

Scott Joerger, a Fire Engineering author and FDIC instructor, is a the captain of Engine 5. For more from Scott, consider The Art of War for Firefightin g, Engine Company Options for an Initial Action Plan, Firefighter Trapped in the Floor: The Rochester Drill, and A Side by Side Comparison of New and Old Construction.

For more on cardiac arrest, consider Too Much Oxygen Worsens Cardiac Arrest Survival, Sudden Cardiac Arrest : Boosting Chance of Survival, and Cardiovascular Disease: Catching Up.