Sullivan County, Wurtsboro, NY – Fire Dept. Not Licensed EMT Respond To Emergency Calls.

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    Sullivan County, Wurtsboro, NY – A call comes across the emergency scanner: difficulty breathing. Wurtsboro firefighters head out in the rescue truck, with oxygen and an automatic external defibrillator.

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    The only problem — Wurtsboro is not certified as an emergency medical service, or as a first-response service, or as a service that can use an AED. Some of the department’s fire commissioners have told the firefighters to stop running to medical calls unless they have the proper certifications.

    The members say we should go anyway,” said Commissioner Bill Lothrop Jr. He wants only qualified people running those calls, and only when the ambulance is delayed. “Of course we’re worried about liability. In today’s day and age, isn’t everybody lawsuit-happy?”

    “We’ve been doing it for years,” said fire Chief Paul Champagne. He understands the concern, but he can’t remember any lawsuits in 30-plus years. [record]

    Wursboro Fire Dept. has responded to accidents on Rt 17 for many years.


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    Anonymous
    Anonymous
    16 years ago

    what does this have to do with Hatzolah

    Anonymous
    Anonymous
    16 years ago

    as long that they are doing it le’shem shamayim who cares if they are cerified or not. we should not take revenge because the goyim always look for any discredit on our part don’t worry their is justice for any antisemite who interfared with the kind, and we don’t have to be like them, but now that they were exposed by the unkind we should go out of our way and encourage them for the proper ceritfied papers and training and this will only lead to better relations with that community and for a strong future relation.

    O.Gevald
    O.Gevald
    16 years ago

    Tell them to leave the job to the professionals – call Hatzolah!

    Anonymous
    Anonymous
    16 years ago

    if Hatzolah has to get proper accredation why shouldm’t the firemen? why are they different? and if they showed up before Hatzolah, don’t hatzolah parameds have seniority over them then and can chase them away?

    Anonymous
    Anonymous
    16 years ago

    whats the problem . why cant they goget the training and be done with it .

    Anonymous
    Anonymous
    16 years ago

    so they they know how to knock down fires, but not to save someone who is a diff breather,
    are they the only EMT who respond to accidents on the 17?