Posted on 15. Sep, 2014 in News

Emergency Medical Response (EMR) will be implemented at all integrated CFA stations under an Andrews Labor Government.

Under EMR, firefighters are dispatched at the same time as paramedics to attend to cardiac arrests and non-breathing patients.

Labor will fund specialist training so firefighters can provide basic life support and give CPR. Defibrillators will be installed on fire trucks.

Metropolitan Fire Brigade firefighters have been in EMR since 2001 and often respond to incidents before an ambulance arrives.

In the first two years of an EMR trial conducted by the CFA, response times reduced by more than four minutes for 90 per cent of incidents.

Quotes attributable to Mr Andrews

“In an emergency, every second counts. Labor’s plan will save lives.”

“From the outer-suburbs of Melbourne to the outer-reaches of our State, Labor’s emergency response plan will be a lifeline for the most urgent cases.”

Quotes attributable to Mr Wade Noonan, Shadow Minister for Emergency Services

“Under the Liberals, more than one in every four ambulances are failing to arrive within the 15-minute benchmark for life-threatening cases.”

“Labor’s plan will reduce emergency response times and provide greater support to our hard-working paramedics.”

Key Facts

• Currently, EMR training is only undertaken by MFB firefighters, with some limited trials in some CFA stations.
• Information on the results can be found in the 2013 Commonwealth Report on Government Services.
• Integrated stations to benefit from Labor’s roll out are: Ballarat City, Mildura, Belmont, Mornington, Bendigo, Morwell, Boronia, Ocean Grove, Patterson River, Caroline Springs, Point Cook, Corio, Portland, Craigieburn, Rosebud, Cranbourne, Rowville, Greenvale, Shepparton, Dandenong, Springvale, Eltham, Sunbury, Frankston, Traralgon, Geelong City, Wangaratta, Hallam, Warrnambool, Hoppers Crossing, Wodonga, Melton and Pakenham.
• Labor has also announced it will roll out 1,000 defibrillators to sporting clubs across the state.

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