Firefighters to Discuss Emergency Medical Care

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Firefighters to Discuss Emergency Medical Care


Byline: Graham Buck

In celebration of Emergency Medical Services Week next week, the Prospect Heights Fire District will try to show residents the part of their jobs that doesn't involve blazing buildings and water cannons. Firefighters will lead three discussions about emergency medical care during an open house from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday at the fire station, 10 E. Camp McDonald Road.

"About 65 percent of the calls we get are for emergency medical care, but many people don't really know anything about how we handle those calls," said Deputy Fire Chief Tim Jones.

Among the activities planned for Tuesday are basic first aid demonstrations on treating common summer-related problems such as insect bites and cuts and scrapes. Firefighters also will pass around a signup sheet for future CPR classes. One lecture will talk about the kind of equipment firefighters carry and the new technology that is on the horizon. Another discussion will be on how emergency medical dispatching works. While the fire district holds an open house each fall to showcase its fire equipment and rescue operations, Tuesday's event will be centered around lectures, Jones said.

"This is the first time we've done something like this, so we'll see how it goes," he said.

For details, call (847) 253-8060.

Committee in limbo: Mayor Edward P. Rotchford says he's in no rush to fill the two empty spots on the city's finance committee.

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