It’s all about the patients…and the residents’ best interests

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

This past Friday (6/21/14), there was a medical assist call in Mammoth. Mammoth Fire Department responded quickly to the scene and their dispatch advised them that there was an extended delay of an ambulance from Tucson, as the ambulance in San Manuel had just gone out on another call. The Mammoth FD crew on scene saw the need for a faster Paramedic response so called and asked us to assist. We responded immediately and the added intervention we provided as Paramedics, working with Mammoth FD, made a positive change in the patient’s condition.

Administrations and Chief Officers come and go … Fire District Board members come and go as well. Nevertheless, the firefighters remain the one constant. When someone calls for help, it should never be about turf, ego, or pride. It should always be about what is in the best interest of the patient, family or residents that are calling for help.

The credit here does not go to Pinal Rural Fire Rescue for what it did on the call. The credit goes to the Mammoth FD crew that saw a need beyond their capabilities and requested assistance. However, we have guarded optimism that this will continue. One call does not make a policy but we are cautiously encouraged that this will set the groundwork to establish mutual working aid arrangements for the future.

Southwest Ambulance routinely sends fire departments in advance of their crews. They don’t send some and not others. It is a responsible policy they have in place to get faster care to the patients their Paramedics are responding to. It should be the same with fire departments in the region, just like it is everywhere else in the state.

For 2½ years we have reached out and offered to help the local departments, and been summarily rejected by the various Mammoth FD administrations, along with the administrations of the local fire districts adjacent to us.

Oracle FD was the first to begin a dialogue, and Chief Larry Southard and I continue to talk and see how we can benefit each other’s departments. One thing PRFR and OFD agreed upon was that calls on AZ 77 near our common border gets responses by both agencies to work more effectively during accidents or other highway incidents.

Fire departments calling for Paramedic assistance, or fire assistance, from the closest agency first is also a responsible policy for protecting their residents and visitors. It is a policy practiced nation-wide. We hope that this call will enable the other fire departments in the area to also see the value of shared resources and improved patient outcomes rather than an attitude of “it’s my area.”

/s/ Bud Paine, Fire Chief

Pinal Rural Fire & Rescue

Staff (951 Posts)

There are news or informational items frequently written by staff or submitted to the Copper Basin News, San Manuel Miner, Superior Sun, Pinal Nugget or Oracle Towne Crier for inclusion in our print or digital products. These items are not credited with an author.


facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather
facebooktwitterby feather

Comments are closed.

  • Stories Just Posted

    Give the Gift of the Outdoors; Purchase Annual Passes Online and Check State Parks on your Taxes

    December 19th, 2014
    by

    Phoenix- For families looking for the perfect gift, why not get an Annual Pass to Arizona’s State Parks? Beginning in […]


    Pinal County Economic Development Director: “A Good Foundation for the Future is in Place”

    December 19th, 2014
    by

    FLORENCE – Pinal County’s Economic Development Director Tim Kanavel says that 2014 saw the Board of Supervisors take tremendous steps […]


    Hayden Senior Center enjoys Christmas luncheon

    December 16th, 2014
    by

    Copper Basin News Hayden’s Senior Center enjoyed a terrific turnout for their annual Christmas Luncheon.


    Bearcats fall to rival Panthers for first time in five years

    December 16th, 2014
    by

    Copper Basin News Freshman Marcos Bueno and senior Ricky Longoria combined for 39 points to lead Superior to a 60 – 56 victory versus Ray last Wednesday.


  • Stories Just For You

    Seeking Christmas Angels

    December 16th, 2014
    by

    I really enjoyed the Mayors’ Group which met last week at the Town Hall in Winkelman, hosted by Mayor Louie Bracamonte.


    Journey for a Clean Kearny

    December 2nd, 2014
    by

    Journey for a Clean Kearny: That is the prize-winning slogan authored by seventh-grader John Ink for the Town of Kearny’s beautification program.


    Love your neighbor

    December 2nd, 2014
    by

    Some of the people living next door to you don’t have enough money to buy food.


    In Support of ‘Dry Heat’

    December 2nd, 2014
    by

    Although I don’t consider myself an activist, I feel it necessary to respond to what I believe to be a gross injustice to your reporter, Mr.


  • Facebook

  • [Advertisement.]
  • Arizona Headlines & Current Weather

  • Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin