The City of Westfield, Indiana

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The Westfield Fire Department has been responding to accidents and medical emergencies for decades; however many citizens are still puzzled about the critical role firefighters play in such situations.

A common perception is that a firefighter's primary tools are a fire hose and ax. The reality is that Westfield firefighters are equally familiar with administering an electric shock and drugs to restart a heart, inserting a breathing tube, or extricating an accident victim from a crushed vehicle while simultaneously treating their injuries. In fact, 70% of our calls are for medical emergencies.

 

The fire department also staffs two 24/7 ALS Ambulances and provides transport services to local area hospitals.

Timing
When a heart stops, or a serious injury occurs; seconds count. Fire Stations in Westfield are strategically located in order to respond quickly for fires and medical emergencies.

Additionally, more serious medical emergencies require a full team of responders. Consider cardiac arrest; while two people perform CPR, others establish IVs, set up a heart monitor, administer drugs, and bring a gurney to the patient's side for transport. This is why you may see more than one fire department apparatus on a medical incident.

Emergency Medical Services
The Westfield Fire Department has always taken its role in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) as seriously as its commitment to firefighting. Every uniformed member of our department is a certified emergency medical technician (EMT) and nearly 20% are certified paramedics. All paramedics at Westfield Fire Department are certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS). EMS hospital affiliation is provided Indiana University Health, Ball Memorial Hospital with Medical Director Jan Kornilow, M.D. FACEP FAAEM overseeing the program.

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Be Aware
The next time you see a fire engine responding to an incident, look at the firefighters in the cab. If they're wearing their heavy fire gear, they're going to a fire. If they are in shirtsleeves, it's a safe bet they are headed for a medical emergency.

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Alan Hensley,
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We had some visitors come by from Quaker Park today. Firefighter Derek Michael showed them the trucks and let them do some work too! ... See moreSee less

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Earlier we sent out a test of our new public alerting software. If you received the alert it was only a test. ... See moreSee less

Members of the WFD assisted a resident with replacing his smoke detectors today. Thank you to the Westfield Washington Township Trustee Danielle Carey Tolan for your help in connecting residents with the WFD! Remember to check the dates on all of your smoke detectors. If they are 10 years old, its time to replace them. If you need assistance, or have questions, please let us know. Stay safe!!!!!!!!!!! ... See moreSee less

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Westfield Fire Department shared Westfield Washington Schools's post.

Thanks to the teachers from Maple Glen Elementary School!
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The teachers at Maple Glen Elementary took to the streets of Westfield this morning to spread kindness and thank our community! Bus drivers, friends at Wellbrooke of Westfield, Dairy Queen, the district's clinic and nurses, front office and technology teams, Westfield High School, the Westfield Fire Department and many others all received a thank you and a random act of kindness. What a great example for our students! After they completed their mission, they returned to their classrooms to find notes of thank! Great job by MGES Principal Mary Beth Riley and her team for preparing such a wonderful (surprise) mission! Thanks also to the Maple Glen PTO for purchasing the awesome teacher and staff shirts for the team! #WWSRocks #WestfieldKind @ShakeLeaves

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Westfield Fire Department shared Westfield Washington Township's post.

City of Westfield - Government and Westfield Washington Township really is a great place to live. Thank you to the Westfield Police Department - Indiana for all you do!!
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Had great conversations this morning about our future in our community with the wonderful Westfield Police Department - Indiana and our Trustee Danielle Carey Tolan today! #coffeewithacop

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