Updated: July 27, 2013 9:00AM
The Oak Forest Fire Department recently added advanced life support equipment to its fire engine.
“When we are in a multiple call situation and we do not have an ambulance that can respond, we can begin lifesaving treatment right away instead of waiting for an ambulance from another community to arrive,” Fire Chief Terry Lipinski, said. “Those extra minutes can sometimes be critical to a patient.”
The equipment allows firefighters to provide drug therapy and fluid therapy intravenously as well as advanced airway supplementation and cardiac shock therapy while waiting for an ambulance to arrive.
“All of our firefighters are trained and licensed paramedics,” Lipinski said. “The additional equipment allows them to provide more immediate care.”
The engine has been inspected by the Illinois Department of Health and Ingalls Emergency Medical Services Department to ensure it meets both groups’ equipment requirements.