Our friend (and volunteer and advocate) Christopher Reif, Chief of Operations Levittown-Fairless Hills Rescue Squad and the President of the EMS Chiefs’ Association, recently appeared on Comcast Newsmakers to talk about the role of Emergency Medical Services teams in Bucks County.
Here are three things we learned about our local Rescue Squad:
1. Paramedics and EMTs don’t just transport people to the hospital in an emergency. They have the training to identify what’s happening and they ensure that information gets to the hospital before you do. When hospitals know what to expect, you get the best care.
2. They serve our community beyond emergency calls. The Levittown-Fairless Hills Rescue Squad is trained to do car seat inspections. It is estimated that 76% of car seats are incorrectly installed. These guys can help. Visit their website, www.lfhrs.com, to make an appointment.
3. When it comes to education, they are on the front line. For example, did you know that the ‘old’ CPR (mouth to mouth) is no longer the way to go? The new way to do CPR is hands-only chest compressions to beat of the Bee Gees Stayin’ Alive. Check out this (funny) EMS recommended video and learn how to help people Stay(in) Alive: click here.
To see the compete Comcast Newsmakers interview with Chris, click here.