The Naperville Fire Department recently introduced a Tactical EMS program, which has paramedics train with police to better respond in dangerous emergency situations.
“We want to be as prepared and effective as possible. So programs like this allow us to do that, expand our service so we are more responsive to the community in every avenue possible, so that any emergency response that we respond to we can do it quickly, we can do it efficiently, and at the end of the day hopefully we save lives,” explained Mark Puknaitis, Fire Chief for the City of Naperville.
Typically, firefighter paramedics must wait to enter a scene until the police deem it safe. However, with this training, they are able to go into an area with active danger and administer care to any potential victims, as soon as they arrive.
Currently six emergency responders are receiving the training, with the intent to expand the program in the future.
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