Reno Fire medical emergency response protocol

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Updated: 7/03/2014 6:46 pm

RENO, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- The Reno Fire Department is now responding to immediate and delayed emergency medical calls, otherwise known as priority ones and twos.

In a June 3 memo addressed to all Reno Fire personnel, 24 types of medical emergencies are laid out. This includes, but is not limited to all allergic reactions, industrial accidents, carbon monoxide exposure, choking cases, electrical shocks, hazmat situations, seizures and pregnancy problems.

At last week’s Reno City Council meeting, Fire Chief Michael Hernandez also classified chest pains and cardiac arrests under the priority one umbrella, along with cases where multiple victims or mass casualties exist. Hernandez also said priority two calls include overdoses and burns, along with patients experiencing breathing problems and diabetic issues.

70-percent of all RFD calls for service go toward medical emergencies.

At the June 17 Lemmon Valley Incident, a Reno Fire Battalion Chief denied fire aid to REMSA and Reno Police officials to help lift an injured man.

Last week, Reno Fire, REMSA and regional dispatch officials discussed creating a clear line of communication between all agencies.

Chief Hernandez said the end goal is to make sure emergency calls are being processed quickly, and do not fall through the cracks.

As of last week, Chief Hernandez said the Reno Fire Department is investigating the Lemmon Valley incident, and if the Battalion Chief on scene followed this emergency response protocol.

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cpncopper - 7/3/2014 9:37 PM
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So....if I have this right two different groups asked for fire department help on behalf of a member of the tax paying community. The result was he/she was denied help because some very highly compensated cubicle dweller second guessed the cops and the ambulance people. The fire people now want to discuss protocol? Someone needed help and all that came were excuses for not showing up. Is this correct? The people of Reno it seems really need to take a hard look at the fire department management. One might think some changes need to be made. What happened to the days when public servants in general were eager to serve the public?

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