Emergency Medical Services (EMS) across Harford County, the State of Maryland and, for that matter, the entire United States respond to a larger percentage of non-emergency incidents than true emergency incidents. I am sure you have read about this in the print media or seen it on the television news. What you do not often hear is the few times when EMS does respond to a true emergency and the positive outcome that happens for all involved.
Our story begins on December 18th on a small quiet neighborhood street in the Town of Bel Air. A call came into 911 at 11:16 a.m. reporting a male subject who had collapsed in his basement while moving furniture. The Deputy Fire Chief from the Bel Air VFC, Ricky Davis, Jr. was in the area, heard the call and arrived at the scene at 11:18 a.m. He quickly confirmed that the patient was not breathing, had no pulse, applied his department issued AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) and began CPR. The AED analyzed the heart and instructed Chief Davis to immediately administered one electrical shock. Within that timeframe additional EMS personnel arrived to further treatment consisting of additional shocks, continued CPR and varied medication administration. The patient was transported to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center where he made a full recovery.
This story is another lesson on the importance of early CPR and the need to have an AED readily available. Please find the time in this coming year to sign for a CPR course. Take it with your family and teach your children the importance of helping others and making a difference. Make it a new year’s resolution. Lastly, if you are a business owner reading this do you have an AED on site? Are your employees trained in CPR? Remember you and early CPR are the key to another person's survival.
These tools; along with a properly trained emergency service crew, such as those volunteers listed below, saved this mans life and for this they should to be recognized. To learn more about becoming a member of the BAVFC you can click on this link http://www.bavfc.org/registration.phpor if you have questions about CPR classes and where to find them feel free to email us at PIO@bavfc.org
Ricky Davis, Jr.