Firefighters To Get Advanced Training

Published: Jun 30, 2005

PLANT CITY - City commissioners gave the go-ahead Monday to a plan that will provide advanced life- support training and equipment for the city's 43 firefighters.
Plant City firefighters are qualified to administer basic life support and to transport patients to a hospital. They routinely respond to area accidents and medical emergencies.

But when advanced life support is required, the county's emergency medical crews must step in. Rescue workers with advanced life-support training can administer certain drugs and perform other medical services needed by those patients who are critically ill or injured.

The city pays the county $211,000 a year for this service. Fire Chief George Shiley predicts his department's upgrade will pay for itself through patient fees.

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