|“LEWISBURG COUNCIL APPROVES FIRST RESPONDER AGREEMENT”|
By a unanimous vote, the Lewisburg City Council approved a First Responder Unit Mutual Aid Agreement between the Lewisburg Fire Department (LFD) and Marshall County Emergency Medical Service (EMS). Within the City of Lewisburg, LFD will be dispatched along with EMS in specific life-threatening situations.
LFD Chief Larry Williams, whose efforts initiated the agreement, was grateful to the City Council for approving the plan. He said, “I appreciate the trust of the City Council in letting us provide this valuable service. The department will now be a Medical First Responder to the citizens of Lewisburg. Our goal is to provide basic life support until Marshall County EMS is on scene, and then to assist them with patient care before transport.”
Williams called Medical First Responder training a routine part of fire operations. All fire services are responsible for providing emergency medical assistance for firefighters injured during an incident until EMS is available. Six Lewisburg firefighters are presently certified, two are in training now, and six additional firefighters are scheduled for training next year. Because the department resides this body of expertise, Williams stated, “We can provide this service to our citizens with very minimal impact on our budget.”
Williams pointed out that a similar service is provided by the city fire services in Fayetteville, Shelbyville, and Tullahoma. Also, six of the eight volunteer fire departments in unincorporated Marshall County provide this service.
Mayor Barbara Woods expressed strong support for the Medical First Responder initiative. “This is something that will save lives. If my relative or friend were having a heart attack, I would want a trained medical technician treating them as soon as possible. I commend Chief Williams for bringing this to the Council’s attention,” said Woods.