New look for medical responders, Hudson Fire Department
During the Covid-19 pandemic, many fire departments are doing their part to minimise the usage of certain medical supplies to conserve them for our front-line health care workers. Firefighters already have access to a self-contained breathing apparatus or SCBA that is used for fire calls. The Hudson Fire Department will be joining many fire services across Canada and the United States by switching to this piece of equipment during all medical calls that require patient contact. It is important to understand that this is not about an increased level of protection and citizens should not fear the fact that we are switching to this equipment.
All emergency services in the province are already required to follow the proper protocols on personal protective equipment. This includes most of what you in the photo, and we felt it important to re-evaluate the use of our internal equipment to do our part to assist our health care partners.
Below is what your Hudson firefighter / first responder will look like when responding to all calls that will require patient contact. These measures are temporary and we will adjust as we go forward.
Daniel Leblanc, Assistant Director, Hudson Fire Service
According to the definition of the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux du Québec, a first responder:
Provides emergency services and stabilization to a person whose condition requires care, in accordance with clinical intervention protocols at a recognized level of training.
He/She works together with the ambulance paramedics. The first responder applies treatment protocols to prevent deterioration of the condition of the person in distress and transfers responsibility for care to the ambulance paramedics when they arrive at the scene.
Within the HFD’s competencies is a Level 3 First Responders division, a service that is offered throughout our territory since 1992. This service consists of providing basic care to victims of vital emergencies from priority 0 to 3 until the arrival of Cetam. A priority 0 (P0) call is the highest priority call and is considered life threatening which requires an immediate intervention. Cardiac or respiratory arrests are examples of P0 calls. The types of emergency calls that first responders respond to are established and governed by the Health and Social Services Center.
To respond effectively to emergency calls, HFD vehicles have been designed to accommodate the equipment needed for first responders. The equipment is state-of-the-art in pre-hospital emergency care, compatible with Cetam equipment and in line with standards established by the Health and Social Services Center.
For more information on the First Responders division:
529 Main Road, Hudson Québec J0P 1H0