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Firefighters training as first responders

The city’s firefighters will be riding along with New Britain Emergency Medical Service personnel during the next two weeks to better prepare themselves to work as first responders. The city’s fire and EMS chiefs called the shadowing program a partnership that will benefit the residents of New Britain when firefighters start showing up to life-threatening emergency calls. Bruce Baxter, director of New Britain EMS, said he expected the Fire Department, once it takes on responsibilities of responding to some 911 calls, to be on the scene at as many as 4,000 of the 11,000 emergency calls fielded per year. Firefighters will respond to most calls categorized as life-threatening emergencies, to which a speedy response is essential to survival, Baxter said. EMS ambulances will still be transporting the patients to area hospitals, but firefighters will be able to be on scene earlier to administer medical treatment, he said. Full Story

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