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Alan Hensley

Medical Response

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

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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.

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,
Division Chief of EMS, Paramedic
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17535 Dartown Rd
Westfield, IN 46074
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WFD Captain Jason Gunning was able to send us a picture of his squad, Squad 1 leaving New Hanover FD Station 71 to conduct damage assessments in neighborhoods where water has receded. We are extremely proud of the work Indiana USAR Task Force #1 has accomplished in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. Stay safe! ... See moreSee less

WFD Captain Jason Gunning was able to send us a picture of his squad, Squad 1 leaving New Hanover FD Station 71 to conduct damage assessments in neighborhoods where water has receded. We are extremely proud of the work Indiana USAR Task Force #1 has accomplished in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. Stay safe!

 

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So proud. Stay safe Jason.

love the picture and thanks to indy task force 1 and all authere task force peopler that help

Stay safe out there! Keeping you and everyone there in our prayers! I know your nephew is proud of you and praying for your safe return home!

Engine 381 crew and Lt Maners at the MDA check presentation from our fill the boot drive. WFD was able to raise $3,886.50. Thank you to all who donated! ... See moreSee less

Engine 381 crew and Lt Maners at the MDA check presentation from our fill the boot drive. WFD was able to raise $3,886.50. Thank you to all who donated!

 

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Congratulations engine 381 crew and Lt maners

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