CONWAY, Ark.- Soon, the firefighters in Conway will double as paramedics.
Recently Conway’s fire chief, with the help of the city made a big push and commitment to more services to the people of Conway. Part of that is staffing paramedics so the department can do more while out on a call.
“There are a lot of times where we do show up and we are the first on scene,” explained one Conway fireman studying to be a paramedic.
The department’s goal is to have a certified paramedic every time a fire truck is called out. This should be a reality in the next three to five years. Each firefighter who is working to get certified has to take classes for about a year.
The first class is set to graduate and hit the streets in August.
“We have more firefighters starting in August which is the time this first class is going to be finished and another round of people will be going through which means we will be well on our way to getting more and more trained at the personal level,” explained Batallion Chief John Skinner.
This will give the certified paramedic firefighters the ability to administer medicine, monitor heart activity, and run an IV.