Categories Government April 4, 2018 Upper Providence Board of Supervisors

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SPECIAL MEETING AGENDA
Upper Providence Board of Supervisors
BLACK ROCK VOLUNTEER FIRE CO. (OAKS STATION) – 260 GREEN TREE RD
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4, 2018 – 7:00 P.M.
1) CALL TO ORDER
2) PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
3) INTRODUCTIONS & ACKNOWLDEGEMENTS
4) FIRE & EMERGENCY SERVICES PRESENTATION
5) PUBLIC COMMENT (The Board will hear from any interested resident or taxpayer
who would like to comment on an item not on this evening’s agenda. Respondents are
asked to keep their comments to 3 minutes).
6) ADJOURNMENT
SEE GLOSSARY OF TERMS ON REVERSE
GLOSSARY OF FIRE / EMS TERMS
Advanced Life Support (ALS) – A higher level of medical protocols and skills that extend
Basic Life Support to further support circulation and provide an open airway and adequate
ventilation. ALS care is provided by a paramedic who can administer drugs and medications.
Ambulance – A transport capable EMS Unit. This unit can be either a BLS Ambulance (Two
EMT’s) -or- an ALS Ambulance (EMT and a Paramedic). The ALS Ambulance provides the
same level of pre-hospital care as a medic responder and allows for transportation of the patient.
Basic Life Support (BLS) – A level of medical protocols and skills that are typically provided
by an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). EMT’s provide initial life-saving care but often
require the support of a Paramedic for critical calls.
EMS – Emergency Medical Services
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) – A medical care provider capable of providing Basic
Life Support.
Medic Responder – This is a non-transport capable unit that is staffed by a Paramedic. This unit
can provide the same level of pre-hospital care as an ALS Ambulance but cannot transport the
patient.
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) – The NFPA writes standards and guidelines that
are used within the fire protection industry. NFPA’s standards are used by courts to determine
compliance with nationally recognized best practices. NFPA’s guidelines are simply used to help
steer organizations and allow for some deviation.
The response times discussed within the EMS portion of this presentation were retrieved from
the NFPA Standard 1710 titled Standard for the Organization and Deployment Fire
Suppression Operations, Emergency Medical Operations and Special Operations to the
Public by Career Fire Departments, specifically Section 4.1.2.1
The response times and staffing discussed within the FIRE portion of this presentation were
retrieved from the NFPA Standard 1720 titled Standard for the Organization and Deployment
Fire Suppression Operations, Emergency Medical Operations and Special Operations to
the Public by Volunteer Fire Departments, specifically Section 4.3.2
Paramedic – A medical care provider capable of providing Advanced Life Support.
Quick Response Service (QRS)– A EMS service that can be staffed with EMT’s or Paramedics
but lacks the ability to transport a patient.
Qualified Firefighter – Defined as a firefighter who is 18 years of age (Capable of being an
interior firefighter) and is trained to levels defined by the Township Training Standard as defined
by the Township Fire Chiefs.
Response Time – The time that it takes an emergency vehicle to reach its destination beginning
with the dispatch time. Dispatch (wherever the vehicle is currently located) to arrival at the
dispatched location (address).

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