Croton Falls Fire Department
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Experience Pays Off…And Saves a Life
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By Ex-Chief Daniel Dreyer
July 23, 2022

Just before 5:30 this morning (Saturday, July 23), Fire and EMS units were dispatched to a residence on Bridleside Lane for an allergic reaction. While responding, crews were updated by dispatchers at 60 Control that instructions on how to perform CPR were being given over the phone to the caller. Upon arrival, firefighters found a young man in cardiac arrest. Drawing on their experience, firefighters simultaneously started CPR, prepared to use additional life-saving equipment and updated our dispatchers and responding EMS units. Prior to transport to the hospital by the North Salem Volunteer Ambulance Corps and a medic from Westchester EMS, the patient regained a pulse and started breathing.

Thankfully for this patient, the responding firefighters included four ex-chiefs and two firefighters who had emergency medical training and experience with this type of call. Additionally, one of our probationary firefighters responded and gained invaluable experience as he performed CPR, worked seamlessly as a member of our crew and helped save a life. This is the second person saved by firefighters using CPR and their training in the past few months.

If you’re interested in learning invaluable skills and helping make a difference in the lives of the residents of our fire district, stop by one of our firehouses on a Monday evening to learn more about our Department. We’re always looking for new volunteers and you may save a life.

Units: Utility 28, Utility 48, North Salem VAC 72-B1, Westchester EMS 45-Medic 3, New York State Police
 
Hyperlinks: 2 Steps to Save a Life: Hands-Only CPR
 

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