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Emergency Medical Service

The South Euclid Fire Department responds to over two thousand requests for emergency medical care each year. Squads are staffed with paramedics who start lifesaving care as soon as they arrive at the emergency. All SEFD paramedics are trained in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support and numerous other specialties. The team is able to administer a variety of medications that help those with emergency health concerns. If a patient requires transportation to an emergency facility, they are transported to the nearest appropriate facility. We currently transport to Hillcrest, University Hospital, Cleveland Clinic, Ahuja, Euclid, and Richmond.

You Can Help Us Help You

Advances in medical procedures and technology make many serious medical emergencies very treatable with amazing results, especially for heart attacks and strokes. Here is what you can do to help us:

  •  If you or a family member is experiencing chest pain including; pressure, fullness, tightness or radiating pain to back, jaw or arms, you need to call 9-1-1. Chest pain with shortness of breath, a cold sweat or feeling faint should never be ignored. Your heart needs help, the paramedics can start helping and alert the chest pain centers that you are on the way.
  • If you or a family member thinks they may be experiencing a stroke, call 9-1-1. The signs of a stroke include;

o   sudden numbness or weakness in your face arm or leg
o   sudden confusion or trouble speaking
o   Sudden trouble seeing on one or both eyes
o   Sudden trouble walking, dizziness or loss of balance
o   Sudden severe headache with no known cause

  • If you have called 9-1-1 and the rescue squad is on the way:

o   Turn on your porch light, even in the daytime. This helps us locate your house faster. If someone is available have them wave to us.
o   Clear a path. The paramedics will need room to work and the cot takes up a lot of room.
o   If the person has a medical history, the paramedics will need to know what they are being treated for and what medications they are on.
o   Keep pets especially dogs, locked in another room.

  • Once the rescue squad has left for the hospital, bring down items the patient may need. Never follow the rescue squad. Drive normally with traffic, you will only be a few minutes behind us.

We hope you never need to call 9-1-1 for a medical emergency. If you do, time is important. Don’t wait, call, time is important for the person ill or sick.

Emergency Medical Web Sites:

American Heart Association – www.heart.org
The Internet Stroke Center – www.strokecenter.org
Cleveland Clinic Hospitals – www.clevelandclinic.org
University Hospitals – www.uhhospitals.org

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