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MFRD Launches Upgraded Medical Services

On July 28, 2014, Murfreesboro Fire Rescue Department announced the launch of upgraded medical response services.

The launch marked the beginning of MFRD’s move to provide basic life support (BLS) services to the citizens and visitors of Murfreesboro. Until then, the department was operating at a medical first responder level. MFRD became the first fire department in Rutherford County to provide BLS to its citizens.

In October 2013, MFRD began the rigorous training and credentialing process with the assistance of Rutherford County EMS. Each of the department’s licensed EMT-IVs, AEMTs, and Paramedics were required to complete a general knowledge written test, practical skills evaluation, eight hours of clinical training and evaluation on an ambulance with Field Training Officers, and eight hours of medical in-service training.

New protocols for treatment were developed and advanced assessment equipment was purchased and placed on all fire apparatus. MFRD’s credentialed personnel are now able to perform tasks such as testing blood sugar and oxygen levels and administer medication to patients who complain of chest pain and other symptoms of a heart attack.

Although MFRD is providing a higher level of care, Rutherford County EMS continues to provide patient transport.