NewsRadio WGNS is beginning a series on how fortunate Murfreesboro residents and businesses are to be HERE! We start with what some describe as a simple medical emergency that occured Tuesday (4/10/2018) evening on Thompson Lane.
It may be simple for those medically trained responders who rushed to help, but it was frightening for one person at the Dollar General Store around 7:00 o'clock Monday night.
Murfreesboro Fire and Recscue Captain Joe Bell at the Thompson Lane station said his crew was first on the scene, but quickly pointed out the Rutherford County Emergency Medical Services was there seconds behind them. "We work as a team in everything we do. We talked with the patient, calmed them and then the paramedics took over."
Captain Bell noted, "With Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue's 10 strategically placed stations, our response time to every residence is 3 to 4-minutes."
Bell proudly stated that Chief Mark Foulks is working to move the local ISO rating from its current #2 rating to the top #1 position.
"Through his leadership fire stations across the city are improving from their BLS rating (Basic Life Support) to the presitigious ALS (Advanced Life Support)." Bell said, "This is crucial when helping residents suffering from cardiac issues."
For those who don't know, our current ISO #2 rating is an achievement the majority of communities never attain, and to be ISO #1 is a rarity.
Bell described that Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue trucks now are equipped with cardiac monitors and firefighters with paramedic training can quickly save lives, especially heart disease is the number one killer among Americans.
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