MAY 14, 2014

SFD station open houses highlight fire-based emergency medical care

Public invited to downtown and DC Ranch stations Saturday, 9-Noon
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sfd-emsSCOTTSDALE – When you call 911 for medical emergencies, it's Scottsdale Firefighters who provide care before you arrive at the hospital.  SFD paramedics provide the pre-hospital emergency care and will ride in the ambulance to provide the continuity of service until care is transferred to hospital staff.

“We take pride in providing door-to-hospital service,” says Scottsdale Fire Chief Tom Shannon. “It’s one of the most important ways we emulate our motto ‘We Care for You.’”

National Emergency Medical Services Week, May 18-24, brings together local communities and medical personnel to publicize safety and honor the dedication of those who are “Still Making House Calls.”

To kick off the 2014 EMS Week and highlight fire-based emergency medical services, Scottsdale Fire will join other valley fire departments and play host at Open Houses. The public is invited to visit between 9 a.m.-noon, this Saturday, May 17, at Downtown Fire Station 2 (7522 E. Indian School Rd.) and DC Ranch Station 11 (20355 N. Pima Rd.).

Scottsdale joins other fire departments across the valley with these events to draw the public’s attention to the quality emergency medical services they receive from their fire department as key stakeholders in our community.

“When you access the 911 system, you receive the closest appropriate Advanced Life Support unit, which means there are at least two fire department paramedics and two EMTs, with the goal of 4-minute response times,” says Shannon. “Quick response by SFD paramedics provides early intervention for time-critical illnesses, such as cardiac arrest, heart attack, stroke, respiratory emergencies, trauma, etc.  This means better possible outcomes for our patients.”

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