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(L to R): Tom Davidson, local Firehouse Subs franchise owner, Fire Chief Chris Adams, Maura Sullivan, Chief Operating Officer for the City of Chattanooga and Robin Peters, Executive Director of the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.
Captain/AEMT Clay Estes practices administering an Ephiniphrine shot.
MFRD Now Fully-Functioning BLS Response Department Murfreesboro, TN - Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department is proud to announce that the department is now fully functioning in Basic Life Support (BLS) response. “This is something that our licensed and credentialed personnel in the department have looked forward to for a long time,” said Assistant Chief Kim Lawson. Approximately three weeks ago, MFRD began an intense inservice training, which included a skills check-off for the new medical protocols developed and approved by MFRD’s new Medical Director Dr. Russ Galloway. (City Council approved Dr. Galloway to be hired as MFRD’s Medical Director last month. State law requires that Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians (AEMTs) and Paramedics providing BLS level response be supervised by a physician licensed to practice in the State of Tennessee). “By the end of the first week of training, we began placing our newly purchased equipment and medications on our apparatus throughout the city,” said Lawson. Each AEMT and Paramedic that completed the in-service is now approved to administer the new medications and utilize the additional equipment which includes: · An advanced King airway for patients who are not breathing on their own · Intravenous (IV) fluid and equipment for trauma patients and those needing medications · Epinephrine injections for patients having a severe allergic reaction which has affected their airway · Albuterol breathing treatment for COPD and asthma symptoms
JUMP TO FILE #100716115 · Narcan for overdoses ·Nitroglycerin for cardiac chest pain · Dextrose which is given by IV to a diabetic patient who is in Insulin Shock (hypoglycemic) Lawson says that since certifying and equipping licensed personnel, these upgraded skills have been used approximately eight times, and all with very positive outcomes for the patients. In the near future, MFRD will also implement a new electronic patient care reporting system that will make documentation more efficient and thorough. “We are very thankful to our city leaders for the support they have shown through this process and for giving us the tools to not only proceed with our goals, but also succeed,” said Lawson. “It is important that as the city continues to grow, our department continues to enhance our services we provide to the citizens and visitors in our community.” Fire Rescue Chief Mark Foulks is pleased with the accomplishment, “I’m very proud of our entire MFRD team for their hard work and commitment that led us to achieving this milestone. I am confident that with our new skills and the excellent partnership and quality services Rutherford County Emergency Medical Services provides, our citizens will be in great hands in any medical emergency.” - MFRD
Firehouse Subs Donates Equipment to Local First Responders Chattanooga, TN - Local firefighters and police officers have some new tools that will enhance their jobs, thanks to grants from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. On October 5th at the Firehouse Subs restaurant on Gunbarrel Road, the foundation made a combined donation of $29,447 to the Chattanooga Fire Department and the East Ridge Police Department. The Chattanooga Fire Department received $18,908 to purchase 12 "W" forcible entry tools. The "W" tool is used to spread a door frame to
JUMP TO FILE #100516114 gain access while causing little to no damage to the frame. The East Ridge Police Department received $10,539 to get 10 automated external defibrillators (AEDs), which are portable devices used to treat victims of sudden cardiac arrest. "We truly appreciate Firehouse Subs and the support they have provided to our community," said Fire Chief Chris Adams. "They have pro-
vided us with another specialized tool that will enhance our service to the citizens of Chattanooga." In addition to their use as a forcible entry tool, Chief Adams said the "W" tool can be used like a jack for vehicle stabilization, a rescue strut, structural support in a collapsed structure or to simply hang a ventilation fan in a doorway. The tools will be placed into service after the firefighters have had a chance to receive some training on how they can be used. - BRUCE GARNER
MFRD Responds to Single-Story Duplex Fire
Murfreesboro, TN - Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue Department's District-1, Engine-4, District-8 and Rescue-7 responded to a single-story duplex fire at 719 North Maney Avenue just before 11:00 P.M. on October 4th. Crews arrived to find heavy smoke and fire showing in the attic area of the home. According to Shift Commander Daryl Alexander, crews did an excellent job of knocking the fire down quickly. Residents from both sides of the duplex will be displaced, however only one family required assistance from the Red Cross. According to Fire Marshal Carl Peas, the fire was ruled as accidental and appears to have started in the attic. It is possible that a condenser was the cause.