Ill. fire department upgrades to ALS

Higher level of care available in new year for traumatic injuries and medical emergencies

By John Reynolds
The State Journal-Register

SPRINGFLIED, Ill. — The Springfield Fire Department will start operating advanced life-support units in the new year that will allow it to offer a higher level of care to accident victims or those suffering sudden medical emergencies.

Fire Chief Ken Fustin said Monday that the three units will be stationed at firehouses across the city. The squads are smaller than firetrucks and look like a pickup cab attached to a utility box. They will not be used to transport patients.

“This will mean a significantly better level of emergency care to our customers and the community,” Fustin said. “We will be able to provide a higher level of medical care when a person has been traumatically injured, is in cardiac arrest, suffered a drug overdose or is in a diabetic emergency.”

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