Posted on: July 19, 2017

Chief's Corner: Lights-Siren-Action!

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It is not unusual in a city as busy as Bryant, to encounter any of our public safety officers, whether it is fire or police, on a their way to an emergency call.

It is also not unusual for the Bryant Fire Chief , JP Jordan, to encounter curious residents, wanting to know more about our response plans.  One of the most common questions he receives would be  “Why do you send a fire truck, when I just called for an ambulance?”

The quick answer to this question is as follows:  “When residents dial 9-1-1 for an ambulance, Bryant Fire personnel from the closest station to the address are also dispatched, all of our fire personnel are Emergency Medical Technicians” explained Chief Jordan.  “Because we are sending the fire unit closest to the call, we typically arrive before the ambulance to gain access to the patient and begin delivering potentially lifesaving care earlier.  Earlier is always better when it involves a life-threatening emergency such as a heart attack, stroke, or major bleeding for example.” 

To help give a full answer to the masses, Chief Jordan enlisted the help of some of the talented students at Bryant High School to put together this video as an interactive way to get this message out.  As always, if you have more questions or would like additional details please give the chief a call at 501-943-0487 or via email at jpjordan@cityofbryant.com.

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