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District 14 brigades commence EMR
In a boost to the communities they protect, all integrated fire stations in District 14 now have emergency medical response (EMR) capability.
The latest brigades to become EMR-capable – on 20 September – were: Caroline Springs, Craigieburn, Eltham, Greenvale, Hoppers Crossing, Melton, Point Cook and Sunbury. They join the South Morang and Whittlesea brigades in EMR-capability.
District 14’s capacity to protect lives and property has significantly increased with the rollout of this training.
“CFA co-responds with Ambulance Victoria, and the first vehicle or crew you might see could be from a fire service,” said Acting Operations Manager Lachlan Redman.
“We have had South Morang and Whittlesea performing EMR for some time. The eight additional brigades will help protect more lives by co-responding to life-threatening medical emergencies alongside Ambulance Victoria.
“The EMR training was quite intense to ensure our people are adequately prepared to respond to emergency medical incidents. The training for District 14's career firefighters was conducted by Ambulance Victoria paramedic educators, who were fantastic throughout the entire process. The training involved theory and a broad range of practical scenarios to prepare our members.”
He expressed his sincere thanks to all the amazing CFA support staff and the educators from Ambulance Victoria.