Fire EMS, Firefighting, Legal

EMS Responder Becomes a Patient

Issue 12 and Volume 169.

BY GARY M. DREYER On May 18, 2015, while preparing for a regular training session and a new recruit orientation scheduled for 1900 hours, the Crockery Township (MI) Fire Department (CTFD) was dispatched to one of the most difficult incidents it has ever faced. At 1750 hours, the Ottawa County (MI) Central Dispatch Authority (OCCDA) received a 911 call from a woman who had found her husband lying in the yard next to a telescoping forklift that was still running. The caller did not know how long he had been down; when asked if he was cold to the touch, she said his arms were still warm. At this point, the OCCDA dispatcher changed the call status from a death to an active medical call and began prompting the caller in performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on the patient and dispatched fire and emergency medical service (EMS) units (photo 1). 1751…

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