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EMS Bureau Update

2/22/2013



The Fire Department’s Bureau of Emergency Medical Services provides not only excellent paramedic services to the community, but prides itself on the public awareness and education programs they have been conducting for many years. We are one of a small number of communities, where the fire department regularly teaches public access CPR programs. They also provide training in the use of AEDs (automated external defibrillators). The bureau has been offering monthly senior citizen blood pressure screenings for over 30 years. In the past, the bureau has also participated in vial-of-life programs and other initiatives to provide for useful patient information in time of emergency.
 
One service that has been available for a number of years is the ability for people with special medical needs to register with the village to be added into the dispatch database. Once enrolled, when the 9-1-1-call taker receives an emergency call from a resident, they can see that a special needs patient is involved. This information can be relayed to the emergency responders. The Village program preceded, by many years, a statewide program (The Illinois Premise Alert Program); the decision was made recently to reintroduce this program to the public. In order to comply with the Illinois PAP act, participants will also need to re-register every two years. To enroll in the program, which is confidential, free and completely voluntary, a registration form is available at the Village Hall, Police and Fire Departments. You may download the form by clicking here or by using the Village web site Document Archive – you may search for the term "Alert". 
 
For more information on this or any other of the public programs offered by the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, please feel free to contact EMS Director Rick Nosek by email at rnosek@villageofschillerpark.com or by telephone (847) 678-2550.



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