Bradley County EMS Launches First Response Program

Monday, February 10, 2014
From left to right are Bradley County Fire and Rescue's Michael Stephens, Cory Edwards, Matt Hawkins and Mika Vaughn and Bradley County EMS's Shane Ware, Sean Hennessee and Sonny Hayes
From left to right are Bradley County Fire and Rescue's Michael Stephens, Cory Edwards, Matt Hawkins and Mika Vaughn and Bradley County EMS's Shane Ware, Sean Hennessee and Sonny Hayes
- photo by Stan Clark
Bradley County Emergency Medical Service recently started a first response program at the Bradley County Fire and Rescue Service.

Stan Clark, EMS spokesman, said, "Firefighters are now trained and certified as first responders. There are also emergency medical technicians in the mix as well. Most medical calls for service and auto accidents within the county will have one or more fire engines responding with the ambulance service.

"There is already a first response program in place with the Cleveland Fire Department for medical and trauma response within the city limits.
The first response program with the city has been a huge success. They too have first responders, EMT’s, and paramedics on the fire engines.

“Fire departments first responding for EMS is not a new practice. We are actually a little behind when compared to other cities and counties across the country that already have fire department first response programs. Do not be confused when you call for an ambulance and a fire engine shows up too. We are all working together to improve response times that will make a huge difference.”

Danny Lawson, EMS chief, said, “A first response program in the county just makes good sense. Seconds and minutes can make the difference between life and death. We look forward to this new team effort that will save lives.” 





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