Firefighter Paramedics to be equipped and trained to provide advanced life support treatment throughout Walker County Emergency Service District # 2
This week saw another step forward in a joint effort between Walker County ESD # 2 and the New Waverly Fire Department to improve the delivery of emergency medical services within the boundaries of the Emergency Service District.
Walker County ESD #2 encompasses the City of New Waverly, the Phelps Community and most of the unincorporated portions of southern Walker County. The New Waverly Fire Department is funded through the ESD and New Waverly Firefighters include numerous certified Emergency Medical Technicians, (EMTs) and Paramedics. These cross trained firefighters respond to medical emergencies throughout the area working closely with crews from Walker County EMS.
The ESD recently purchased a replacement EMS Ambulance unit for the New Waverly Fire Station, and the Fire Department has also been able to purchase advanced life saving, (ALS),equipment for its Firefighters, including equipment such as the Zoll cardiac monitor. The new cardiac monitor and other ALS equipment carried on New Waverly firetrucks will allow Firefighters to quickly initiate life-saving treatments in the field.
Walker County ESD Board President Brandon Decker has previously stated that the district is committed to providing quality, timely fire and emergency medical services throughout the community.
New Waverly Fire Chief Jacob Slott pointed out that the majority of the Department’s emergency calls are for medical or trauma emergencies and motor vehicle accidents. Just last year, New Waverly Firefighters responded to over 1000 emergency incidents, and those numbers continue to rise annually. In 2016, over 500 of the Department’s 911 calls were for medical and trauma emergencies, while an additional 150 + responses were for motor vehicle accidents and rescue calls.
In addition to the Walker County EMS crew stationed in New Waverly, the Fire Department has traditionally been staffed with trained Firefighter / EMTs to assist the EMS unit and act as primary caregivers when the EMS unit was away on other calls. In 2016, the New Waverly Fire Department began recruiting firefighters cross trained as Paramedics to work around the clock, equipped and trained to provide advanced life support services, even when the New Waverly ambulance is not available. Many of the New Waverly FF/ Paramedics work full time with other Fire Departments or EMS services, and they bring a vast amount of experience and training to the ESD. Under an agreement with Walker County, New Waverly FF EMTs and Paramedics will continue to practice their skills and render care under the supervision of the Medical Director for Walker County EMS.