All of our front line appliances carry first responder medical kit bags and A.E.D. defibulators.
Over 80% of our front line personnel are trained as medical first responders. This means that we are able to assist ambulance and medical personnel at incidents in trauma care of patients, this may be spinal care, treatment of burns, cuts and broken bones, oxygen therapy, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (C.P.R. ) and defibrillation and medical emergencies.
All personnel are reassessed every 90 days under the guidance of in house instructors.
The Emergency Medical First Responder Training Programme
In recent times unprecedented changes are being witnessed in the concepts and strategies underlying the provision of pre-hospital immediate care. These new strategies are geared towards improving response times and providing a greater chance of survival for both the medical and trauma patient. The Emergency Medical First Responder Training Programme is a relatively new pre-hospital training programme in Ireland but is an integrated part of these new strategies. The course is aimed at emergency care workers such as the Fire Service, whose responsibilities include casualty care after a serious emergency until the arrival of a higher level of care such as the Ambulance Service. The course emphasises the importance of a systematic approach to potentially life threatening situations from both medical and trauma emergencies. The basic course is held over five days with an extra day for the AED (Automated External Defibrillator) module. The course objectives include giving the participants the knowledge and skills required to deal with, in particular, patient assessment and basic airway management. The five day course covers areas such as The Roles & Responsibilities of the First Responder, The well being of the First Responder, Anatomy and Physiology, Lifting & Moving Patients (this can also include Extrication), Patient Assessment in detail, Basic life Saving Interventions, Vital Sign monitoring including Blood Pressure by Palpation, Basic Triage, Standing Take-Downs, Log-Rolling and handing over the care of the casualty with a patient report to the Ambulance Service. Once the Ambulance Service takes responsibility for the patient at the scene the role of the First Responder becomes a support role to the higher level of care, which the Ambulance Service can provide.
The Emergency Medical First Responder Training Programme provided to Cork City Fire Brigade under the auspices of the National Ambulance Training School. It is delivered by a Registered Instructor with the assessment and certification by The National Ambulance Training School, who also hold a register of successful participants. Certification is valid for three years. A two-day refresher course with successful completion will then be required in order for First Responders to be maintained on the register. All new personnel joining Cork City Fire Brigade are required to complete this short but intensive training programme.