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First Response

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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  • A “First Responder” is a person who arrives first at the scene of an incident, and whose job is to provide early critical care such as CPR or using an AED. First responders may be dispatched by the ambulance service, may be passers-by, citizen volunteers, lifeguards, or may be members of other agencies such as the police, fire department, or search and rescue who have some medical training-commonly CPR, basic first aid, and AED use.
  • A “Certified First Responder” is a person who has completed a course and received certification in providing pre-hospital care for medical emergencies. They have more skill than someone who is trained in basic first aid but they are not a substitute for advanced medical care rendered by emergency medical technicians (EMTs), or paramedics. First responder courses cover cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), automated external defibrillator usage, spinal and bone fracture immobilization, oxygen administration, the use of suction and airway adjuncts, and the treatment of medical and trauma emergencies. The term "certified first responder" is not to be confused with "first responder", which is a generic term referring to the first medically trained responder to arrive on scene (police, fire, EMS)
  • The U.S. Department of Transportation (D.O.T.) recognized a gap between the typical eight hours training required for providing advanced first aid (as taught by the Red Cross) and the 190 hours typical of an EMT-Basic program. Also, some rural communities could not afford the comprehensive training and highly experienced instructors required for a full EMT-Basic course. The First Responder training program began in 1979 as an outgrowth of the "Crash Injury Management" course.
  • The American Red Cross conducts a course titled "Emergency Medical Response" that fits this definition.
  • In the US the term "Emergency Medical Responder" has largely replaced the term "Certified First Responder" beginning in 2012. "Emergency Medical Responder" or "EMR" is an EMS certification level recognized by the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians.

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