Poestenkill Ambulance taken out of service
Since 1940, the Poestenkill Ambulance has been providing basic life support EMS to the Town of Poestenkill. Due to numerous factors beyond our control, ambulance services are no longer able to be provided by the Poestenkill Ambulance. As of July 15th, 2014 the Poestenkill Ambulance has been permanently taken out of service and Mohawk Ambulance is the primary ambulance agency for the town of Poestenkill. Currently the Poestenkill Fire Company provides Basic Life Support First Response. This means the fire company will respond to all EMS calls in the town and provide patient care until an ambulance arrives. Currently several members are being trained to provide the proper level of care for Basic Life Support First Response.
Anyone needing to obtain patient care reports from the Poestenkill Ambulance can do so in writing by contacting:
Chief Brian Teal
PO Box 14
Poestenkill, NY 12140.
All patient care records will be securely kept at the firehouse as long as legally required.
For any other questions, please contact Chief Teal at 283-1649.
Submitted by Chief Brian Teal.
Scope of practice
Emergency responders are tested during a training exercise. First Responders in the US can either provide emergency care first on the scene (police/fire department/search and rescue/park rangers) or support Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics. They can perform assessments, take vital signs, provide treatment for trauma and medical emergencies, perform CPR, use an Automated external defibrillator, immobilize bone fractures and spinal injuries, administer oxygen and maintain an open airway through the use of suctioning and airway adjuncts. They are permitted to assist in the administration of epinephrine auto-injectors, inhalers, and oral glucose. They are also trained in packaging, moving and transporting patients.
First responder skills and limitations
Some areas give more training in other life-saving techniques and equipment. A certified first responder can be seen either as an advanced first aid provider, or as a limited provider of emergency medical care when more advanced providers are not yet on scene or available.
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