Guam Fire Department Deploys APCO EMD Program (6/8/12)
The Guam Fire Department in Hagatna, Guam, adopted the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International Institute Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD) program for its 9-1-1 call center.
The APCO Institute EMD Program, based on EMD Guide Cards and software, is a systematic way to manage EMS resources and to provide medical assistance to callers, when needed, until medically trained field response units arrive at the scene.
The Guam Fire Department services the entire civilian portions of the island, about 160,000 people, with the ability to assist the military upon their request. They have been called in to assist in rescue (land and water), ambulance service and E9-1-1/fire dispatch.
“The APCO (EMD) certification for our personnel, coupled with the utilization of the APCO Guide Cards, will greatly assist our emergency 9-1-1 call-takers and dispatchers in providing the best pre-arrival care that the people of Guam deserve.” said Fire Lt. Philip J.E. Camacho.
About 260 firefighters/EMTs, 17 EMDs and seven civilians staff the department for the more than 20,000 calls a year. The annual average call is expected to increase because of impending military buildup.
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