Local First Responders Enhance Their Scope of Practice

Fire rescue services are often the first to arrive at the scene of an emergency. However, responding fire fighters must work within the scope of their Emergency Medical Assistants (EMA) License and within their of their level of training.

Iridia Medical currently assists fire departments interested in enhanced training opportunities.   With our medical team having decades of experience in pre-hospital care and as the provider of medical direction to over 140 fire departments in British Columbia, Iridia Medical is in a unique position of assisting fire rescue services in improving their pre-hospital emergency skills and training.

EMR License

Through collaboration between firefighters, paramedics and physicians, Iridia Medical has helped develop enhanced skills and training for rural and metro first responder programs, as well as assisted departments in transitioning from an EMA-FR to an Emergency Medical Responder license level. 

One notable fire department on the path to their EMR license is Delta Fire Rescue ServicesAs Delta Fire moves towards the EMR license level the following key training modules have been introduced to all its current first responders: 

Delta Fire is among a select few fire departments across the province have undertaken these advanced modules. As good fortune would have it, soon after completing their training, first responders from Delta Fire responded to an emergency where they put Iridia Medical’s advanced training modules into action.

Delta Fire Chief Dan Copeland on the incident:

“It was brought to my attention that on November 27, 2012 a shift crew was called to the Ladner Leisure Centre to attend a patient having a severe allergic reaction. The wife of the patient informed crew members that the patient was suffering a severe reaction to shellfish and did not have his epi-pen with him. Now that Delta Fire & Emergency Services carry epi-pens, the crew was able to provide one for the patient who was then able to self-administer. 

BC Ambulance Service dispatch was contacted and provided information from the fire crew who monitored the patient until they arrived approximately 6 minutes after the fire crew.

In an anaphylactic situation, time is critical to a positive outcome for the patient and in this instance our crews were instrumental in a successful outcome for the patient.

I would like to compliment the crew who attended this incident for their quick thinking and providing excellent patient care. Also, compliments to our F.R. Instructors and all personnel for the smooth and efficient implementation of the 3 additional F.R. protocols.

Training on 3 protocols (pulse oximetry, blood pressure & epi-pens) began earlier in the year, with the support of Mayor and Council. Delta Fire instructors received training and attained instructor status on the 3 protocols. This training is part of a process to enhance training in an effort to attain their  EMR license.

This incident provides encouraging testimony that enhanced training for fire fighters can improve pre-hospital patient care in the event that BCAS is unable to attend a scene immediately. Thank you for a job well done!”

Iridia Medical is thrilled with Delta Fire’s quick response to the anaphylactic emergency and their ability to aid in the positive outcome due to the enhanced training. Iridia looks forward to its continued relationship with Delta Fire and believe their enhanced role as first responders can be a model for other fire departments in the province.