Partnership between frontline firefighters and paramedics aims to save lives

Published: Nov. 14, 2023 at 8:06 PM CST
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PEORIA (25News Now) - The partnership between Advanced Medical Transport (AMTs) and the Peoria Fire Academy has boosted Peoria’s “save” percentages nearly three times above the national average when it comes to people surviving cardiac arrest.

A training session was held with mock scenarios so aspiring paramedics, EMTs, and firefighters can learn how to confront different situations.

Lauren Emanuelson, AMT’s director of quality and improvement compliance, tells us the partnership is for safety and health of the community.

“We’re heavily reliant on co-training with each other. So, we’re constantly prepared anytime an emergency may happen, especially with cardiac arrest. We want to make sure that everyone is on the same page and that we’re understanding of what needs to happen,” Emanuelson said.

The “Race to the Top” partnership was created to combat cardiac arrest, which is the number one killer of adults in America.