Fire crews to acquire Rescue Task Force equipment
West Chester’s EMTs/Paramedics are the first to respond to medical issues during times of crisis, including active shooter circumstances. The arrival of these medical professionals on the scene and their ability to provide treatment to wounded patients quickly can make the difference between life and death. This also means these first responders are put into harm’s way.
In order for EMTs to have quick access to patients caught in these circumstances, the Board of Trustees last night approved the purchase ($9,378) of Rescue Task Force equipment for the West Chester Fire Department including ballistic helmets and vests.
The Fire Department’s Rescue Task Force team will work alongside West Chester police officers to deliver immediate medical intervention for readily treatable injuries, like severe bleeding and airway compromise, which stabilizes victims for evacuation to definitive care. These EMTs/Paramedics will not wait for police to secure the scene while victims lay bleeding to death inside the perimeter. They respond with police to find victims, even as other officers search for and neutralize a suspect.
Learn more about the Rescue Task Force equipment by viewing the Board of Trustees meeting video beginning at 4:29.