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Cedar Rapids Fire equipped with life saving equipment

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

Nearly nine percent of all medical calls require advanced life support.In 2011 the fire department needed to provide advanced life support in over 450 out of five thousand emergency medical calls.

Until recently, each fire station in Cedar Rapids has the evaluation or skill needed above the basic level, with all but two stations had advanced equipment and personnel. Now all 10 stations in the city do.

Some of the equipment purchased includes advanced airway placement and heart rhythm interpretation. It's equipment like this that makes all stations ready for all types calls.

"It's extremely important in my opinion. It's something I am very patient about. It allows us to provide evaluation and critical life support treatment for certain subset of patients that need that care prior to the ambulance arrival," said Capt. Jason Andrews.

Each firefighter is even now emergency medical technicians and nearly one-third have paramedic level training.

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