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Firefighters and paramedics reunite with former patient

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17 Mar 2009
MFB firefighters and Ambulance Victoria paramedics from the west will be reunited with a patient whose life they saved.

When: Thursday 19 March 2009 at 3.00 pm

Where: Altona fire station: 7 Akuna Street, Altona

Why: On Thursday 30 December 2008, MFB firefighters from Altona fire station responded to an Emergency Medical Response (EMR) call for a patient unconscious and not breathing.

Firefighters began working on the patient to get him breathing with assistance, and worked with Ambulance Victoria advanced life support paramedics from Sunshine and intensive care paramedics from Footscray, who worked for over an hour to stabilise him before transporting him to hospital.

Crews are looking forward to the opportunity to meet with the recovered patient and explain the team work involved between the agencies in the patients emergency response situation.

The MFB’s EMR program has been supporting the work of Ambulance Victoria since 2001. The program has meant that MFB firefighters are educated in first responder medical procedures and are trained to respond to cardiac arrest and non-breathing patients, giving them the capacity to assist Ambulance Victoria in life and death situations.

For further information or to attend the event, please contact:

Jessica Warne (MFB) - 0400 919 778

Lauren Nowak (Ambulance Victoria) – 9840 3309

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