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NC firefighters respond to growing number of medical calls

In North Charleston, medical calls have quadrupled in five years


By David Slade
Post & Courier

CHARLESTON, N.C. — We call them firefighters, but at fire departments across the area, the majority of emergency calls they now answer are for medical assistance.

In large urban departments across the Lowcountry and at smaller rural ones like the St. John's Fire District, medical calls have been growing fast due to a growing, aging population, changes in emergency dispatching, and a lack of preventive medical care among patients, fire officials say.

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