The Norton Fire Rescue Department still
remains on the cutting edge of EMS in this area. This
year we saw a 10% increase in EMS related calls totaling
near 1900 emergency calls. We are above the National
average of Advanced Life Support calls with an average
of 70% of our calls requiring this advanced care.
In the past 10 years, our call volume
continues to increase, however we have not added any
additional personnel. As a result, the challenge of
trying to continuously do more, with the same amount
of personnel, remains difficult. To meet this increased
volume of emergency medical calls and maintain compliance
with the State regulations, we are in great need of
additional personnel to better serve the community.
We operate 2 Advanced Life Support Rescues,
staffing them with 8 EMT's and 31EMT-Paramedics. All
members of the department are Semi-Auto Defib qualified
and we currently have 5 SAD's in various first response
vehicles. Ongoing EMS training is mandatory from the
Commonwealth and each level of EMT requires a certain
amount of train ing. On average, every EMT trains
a minimum of 80 hours per year. This translates to
approximately 2400 man-hours per year in EMS training.
With emergency medical calls still on the rise nationwide,
EMS continues to be one of the most important functions
of the Norton Fire/Rescue Department.
With our state of the art cardiac monitor, which has the ability
to provide 12-lead EKG s, several heart attacks have
been diagnosed in the field by the Paramedics and,
outcomes have been extremely successful. All EMT Paramedics
have received this advanced training and are able
to detect and treat heart attack victims quicker and
more efficiently in the field. Keep in mind that this
is only a small part in the whole system, wh ich begins
with you, the bystander, knowing CPR and First Aid,
and being able to administer this care prior to the
department's arrival, along with businesses having
Semi -Auto Defibs available to their employees.
The town still maintains a “heart
safe” designation from the Department of Public
Health and the American Heart Association. This designation
formally recognizes not only the Fire Department’s
commitment to making our community heart safe but
also the commitment of the numerous other town departments,
employees and businesses that have purchased AED’s
and trained personnel in CPR.
We are also a "safe baby haven".The
Safe Haven Act of Massachusetts (2004) allows a parent
to legally surrender newborn infants 7 days old or
younger at a hospital, police station, or manned fire
station without facing criminal prosecution.
In closing, I would like to thank all
the members of the Norton Fire/Rescue Department for
their loyalty, and dedication to the citizens of this
town, and also thank the citizens and businesses for
their past and future support to the EMS Division.
If you need any further information, please contact
the EMS Division @ 508-285-0236.
Michael Wilson NREMT-P Director of EMS
Eric Tynan, NREMT-P Assistant Director