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Ill. depts. to not respond to medical emergencies

Medical calls like chest pains or allergic reactions may not be automatically answered by firefighters with the new policy

By Tracy Moss
The News-Gazette

DANVILLE, Ill. — As of Oct. 1, the Danville Fire Department does not automatically respond to certain medical emergencies, like allergic reactions, chest pains and diabetic problems, but the new policy concerns members of the firefighter's union.

It is troubling to the Associated Firefighters of Illinois, according to association President Pat Devaney. Speaking on behalf of Danville members of the association, Devaney said most communities are finding ways to offer additional, or a higher level of, emergency medical services rather than reducing them. He said firefighters and fire stations are strategically located, so they can respond more quickly than ambulances.

"It's something we (association members) don't view favorably, nor should the citizens of Danville, in my opinion," said Devaney, who is also a lieutenant with the Champaign Fire Department.

Full story: Danville cuts fire department response for some medical emergencies

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John Sadler John Sadler Monday, November 19, 2012 7:52:56 PM Danville Public Safety Director Larry Thomason, you sir are an idiot.
Carol Mearns-chaszar Carol Mearns-chaszar Wednesday, November 21, 2012 11:31:26 AM that's aweful Glad I don't live in Ill.

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