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Old 06-20-2016, 10:25 PM
 
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Transporting the girl was the job of the paramedic who could have administered treatment on the way to the hospital.
Ya but they felt they couldnt wait I guess.....
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Old 06-20-2016, 10:36 PM
 
Location: NE Mississippi
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Two Virginia volunteer firefighters were suspended for transporting an 18-month-old girl to the hospital in a fire engine last Saturday, ultimately saving her life.

Captain James Kelley and Sgt. Virgil Bloom of the Falmouth Volunteer Fire Department in Fredericksburg were the first to respond to a call of a child having a seizure at an undisclosed location near a McDonald’s and took her to a nearby hospital, according to Fox 5 DC.

Kelley explained to Fox 5 DC Saturday he told the driver to turn the fire engine on because the child was in desperate need of medical care and the nearest ambulance was about 10 to 15 minutes away. He said when he asked where the nearest medic was, he received vague responses.

The fire engine picked up the child and transported her to Mary Washington Hospital. A separate ambulance requested to meet with the firefighters at the Falmouth Station, but Kelley denied the request because of the proximity to the hospital.

The girl was put on oxygen in the fire engine and was in the trauma room within 13 minutes of the time the call came in, Fox 5 DC reported.

Brian Nunamaker, the girl’s father, told the Fox affiliate the incident occurred as he and his daughter were coming back from running errands. He said he pulled over by the McDonald’s and was assisted by a passerby as well.

“As a parent, you feel extremely helpless to be unable to assist the most important person in the world during such a time of emergency,” Nunamaker said in a statement. “Worst case scenarios run through your head while you are hoping for the best. The eternity of waiting for help to arrive was surprisingly non-existent in this situation. I was surprised at how quickly help had arrived in the form of a fire truck."

When the firefighters arrived on the scene, Nunamaker’s daughter was limp but she was still breathing and had a pulse. His daughter arrived at the hospital and started to have another seizure, but it stopped momentarily. Nunamaker said his daughter was later transferred to VCU and was later discharged.
2 Virginia firefighters suspended for transporting girl to hospital in fire engine - Story | KTBC
GREAT STORY! MARVELOUS HEADLINES! IT'S AN ATROCITY; GOTTA BE! GIT MAD!

Except, how do you suspend volunteer firemen?
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Old 06-21-2016, 01:50 AM
 
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And would have a strong case as they are firefighters not trained medics.
And you know they lack medical training how?
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Old 06-21-2016, 04:28 AM
 
Location: Deep 13
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Would things be different if the parents threw the kid back in their car and was given a fire truck escort to the hospital?
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Old 06-21-2016, 05:01 AM
 
Location: Long Neck , DE
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GREAT STORY! MARVELOUS HEADLINES! IT'S AN ATROCITY; GOTTA BE! GIT MAD!

Except, how do you suspend volunteer firemen?
Great question. They don't let them hang around the firehouse????
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Old 06-21-2016, 06:32 AM
 
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Kudos to the fire fighters for doing the right thing.
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Old 06-21-2016, 06:51 AM
 
Location: DFW - Coppell / Las Colinas
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You would never sue a Volunteer Fire Department.
You'd like for them to show up in a timely manner if you ever had a house fire.

You provide a big BBQ dinner.
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Old 06-21-2016, 07:31 AM
 
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The policies exist for a reason. If her condition had deteriorated during the ride to the hospital, they wouldn't have had the equipment or training to address it. Whether it was the right decision or the wrong decision, the bottom line is that it was a decision that went against policy. So they have to expect to be suspended while the matter is investigated.
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Old 06-21-2016, 07:45 AM
 
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And would have a strong case as they are firefighters not trained medics.
Actually they are. I have a few friends who are fire fighters and they ALL were paramedics before they were fire fighters. Either way, they went outside policy and a investigation happen. And in today's society it's basically standard to suspend someone until they figure out what happened and why.
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Old 06-21-2016, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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This happened months ago and the firefighters were reinstated a week later.
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