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.Join our WhatsApp group
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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.