Posted by Someone on April 14, 2012

Kiwi firefighters' Altering Roles

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If you have a heart attack in a remote area and somebody calls 111 it is progressively most likely it will be a fireman who arrives to save your life.

Fire Medical Vehicles (FMVs), run by firemen’s trained in life-saving skills and aimed at servicing separated areas, are suggested in a new interim Fire Service report.

Enhancing varieties of firefighters are being trained as "first responders" indicating they can administer an adrenalin shot for somebody suffering an allergy, carry out CPR on a heart patient, tend to an asthma attack, and provide basic injury aid.

Eddy Mason, of Koitiata, whose little coastal town purchased their own defibrillator as they typically get cut off by flood waters, believes a fire-ambulance hybrid is a great idea.

Non-fire emergencies now comprised up to half of some brigades' responsibilities, Fire Service nationwide operations supervisor Paul Turner said.

St John Ambulance partnered with the Fire Service's Tolaga Bay, Diamond Harbour and Little River brigades to trial the sterilized, clinically equipped fire-ambulance hybrids in 2014 and 2015 to meet that need.

"At the minute, it's too much ambo, and inadequate fire truck. The result of the report is that it's an excellent idea," Turner stated. "This is a method for us to be more efficient in our response.".

The Fire Service report revealed since December 2014, survival rates for heart occurrences responded to outdoors hospitals, lifted from 8-10 percent to 14 percent.

Ambulance Association chief executive Mark Quinn said the concept would guarantee the very first to react was equipped in order to help.

"We see this as a positive initiative.".

But firemen’s' medical workload tips at a wider identity crisis, with an evaluation of the Fire Service's scope and financing underway.

United Fire Brigades Association chief executive George Verry? stated there were fewer fires now due to better structure standards and products, along with public education around smoke detector and emergency treatments.

Firefighters were discovering their function including medical tasks, so much better equipment was essential.

"Rather than a six-tonne truck turn up these cars will be far more nimble, much more reliable in a medical emergency situation.".

Presently, firefighters were responding to medical call outs in trucks, which have no stretchers, which amazed clients, Rolleston Volunteer Fire brigade chief fire policeman, Nigel Lilley said.

Firemen’s came with "great" training to save lives, he assured.

"If you do get a firefighter turn up when you are having a cardiac arrest I don't think many individuals are going to grumble about that.".

The medical workload was raising eyebrows among the veterans though, Lilley said.

"Some of the older guys aren't dealing with it that well ... it's not exactly what they signed up for 30 years earlier.".

The choice on FMVs will be made by the Fire Service Commission's board.

St John assistant director of operations Derek Liefting? said any decisions would be made jointly with the ambulance service, which was still assessing the concept.


Coastal neighborhood Koitiata, population simply over 100, is used to being cut off by floods.

Their closest help is the Ratana rural fire brigade and ambulances half an hour's drive away in Whanganui.

Koitiata locals pitched in to buy their own defibrillator.

"We have actually had to be a bit self-reliant- it's simply part of life in the sticks," resident Eddy Mason said.

"We do watch out for each other.".

A bach-owning physician got the neighborhood oxygen equipment after saving a villager's life.

Mason saw the FMV concept as appealing for communities where seclusion was a threat to enduring an emergency: "I believe any rapid reaction sort of assistance is excellent.".