Marion Firefighters saved two lives in two separate medical incidents in one week.
“On March 10th, 2019, E4 was dispatched for a seizure in downtown Marion. Fire 14 was in the area and responded as well. F14 reported that it was a cardiac arrest and that an AED was needed ASAP while we were in route. E4 arrived on scene. The patient was on the second floor unresponsive with F14 doing CPR. The AED was applied and a shock was applied as well. CPR was then restarted and a ‘combi’ tube airway was inserted. Oxygen AT 25 LPM was given with a BVM. After the next cycle of canalization was done no shock was advised and we had a good carotid pulse with a B/P of 150⁄100. A mega mover was utilized to move the patient to the downstairs sidewalk where CPR was again resumed. Ambulance was a county medic unit. We loaded the patient as soon as they arrived and he was transported to the hospital.” – MFD Report
Firefighters in the above incident included Assistant Chief Justin Planck, Captain Phil Sheridan, Engineer Ranc Fouce, Fire Prevention Officer Brad Myers, Private Tino Mitchener, and Private Brennan Simmons.
“On March 14th, 2019, Marion Fire Department Engine 6 was dispatched to an address in south Marion for a person having difficulty breathing. Upon our arrival, they found the patient was unresponsive. The patient had no visible signs of breathing and no pulse was found. We then placed semi-automatic defibrillator pads on the patient. No shock was advised and CPR was started. An OP airway was attempted but was unsuccessful. An ambulance crew from MGH arrived and primary patient care was transferred to them. We assisted with loading the patient onto a mega mover and carrying him to the cot outside. We then assisted with loading him into the ambulance. We assisted the ambulance crew while inside the ambulance. The Paramedic requested a driver and assistance in the back during transport to MGH. Privates Shipley and (N. Duke) assisted in the rear while I drove the ambulance. Once at MGH we assisted with unloading the patient and transferring him to a hospital bed.” – MFD Report
Firefighters in the above incident included Captain Curtis Garr, Engineer Heath Duke, Private Chad Shipley, and Private Nathan Duke.
“These two emergencies are why we train. It’s our goal to be the best when it counts. Our dedicated firefighters, Marion General Hospital Ambulance crews, and Grant County Ambulance crews prove they are the best on a daily basis.” – Fire Chief Geoff Williams