New tools, training help Conway Fire Department save lives

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CONWAY, Ark. – The Conway Fire Department has upgraded the services it provides to its citizens with the help of a new tool and training.

“So if we can get there when these seconds matter than we could save somebodies life,” explained Conway Fire’s Paramedic program director Ty Ledbetter.

When the department responds to medical calls it will now have a Zoll X Series monitor/defibrillator.

“Cardiac arrest training is integrated with our EMT basics, our advanced EMT’s,and our paramedics. We are just trying to get all on the same page with our protocols so that way when we pull up on scene we are going to be an efficient well oiled machine and hopefully save somebody’s,” said Ledbetter.

This new machine allows the trained CFD paramedics to not only see what a patient’s heart is doing, but also administer the proper shock and medication needed to stabilize the patient before arriving at the hospital.

About 80% of the fire department’s calls for service are medical. Last year alone they responded to 5,000 medical calls.

One of those calls was to the Ride Out Lumber for a heart attack after Phillip Lusk fell off of a fork lift.

“I don’t really think of them as EMT’s and all of that,” Lusk said.
His opinion has since changed.

“We took over CPR and we hooked our monitor and the monitor advised us to shock the patient,” said Firefighter Ryan Wolff who responded to Lusk’s call.

The firefighters used their training and the new machine to bring Lusk’s pulse back.

“It’s a miracle that I didn’t know could happen,but I know now,” said Lusk.

The department currently has two of the machines but hopes to purchase more.

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