KENT VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT
Founded 1971 Celebrating 44 years of Neighbors Helping Neighbors
2014/2015 SEASONAL FLU INFORMATION
EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES
"The History of the Star of Life"
The Kent Volunteer Fire Department EMS team is the most active in the department and includes over 15 Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) in addition to ambulance drivers and attendants. The team make-up includes Career EMT's, Hospital Personnel, Professionals, Tradesman, Town Workers, Small Business Owners, Retiree's, and Students. The members of KVFD take great pride in delivering Basic Life Support (BLS) quality of care in accordance with NYS DOH Bureau of EMS protocol which is governed by NYS Public Health Article 30 Law. Our ambulance is NYS Certified and conforms to Part 800 of NYS Public Health Law.
Some of our members also belong to the Putnam County Medical Reserves Corps (MRC).
When 911 is called and our ambulance responds, you will be met by a crew consisting of an ambulance driver, attendant and a NYS Certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).
The EMT is the crew chief and has oversight responsibility for prehospital care delivery at all times or until someone with equal or higher training arrives. Each ambulance crew member has met the guidelines set forth by the KVFD and has an active CPR/AED and Basic First Aid certification card from the American Heart Association. If the call requires a Paramedic, and Advanced Life Support (ALS) and in accordance with NYS Protocol, the Paramedic (Medic) becomes the higher medical authority. Putnam county contracts with Transcare for ALS and ancillary BLS services.
Some of our EMT's carry medical bags (aka - jump bag) and department portable radio's in their vehicles. This allows them to respond directly to the scene to administer emergency aid and stabilize the patient before a medic and or the ambulance arrives.
KVFD does not charge for our ambulance services, and we are 100% volunteer. Sometimes, Transcare will arrive and or another Volunteer Fire Department ambulance. This is because KVFD may be on another call and Putnam 911 has activated the mutual aid plan of which KVFD is a participant. This ensures that medical emergencies are responded to in a timely manner regardless of local department resource availability.
KVFD through Putnam County EMS, participates in the Hudson Valley Regional EMS Council (REMSCO) The Hudson Valley REMSCO is the governing body in our region who issue local protocol modifications throughout the Hudson Valley and in accordance with the HVREMSCO Medical Control Plan.
KVFD also conforms to all NYS guidelines governing patient privacy under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
KVFD is a participant in the NYS DoH Prehospital Quality Improvement and Quality Assurance (QI/QA) program for EMS agencies. This program under the direction of Dr. Andrew Butterfass (Putnam County EMS Medical Control Director) allows the critique and review of prehospital health and welfare providers and their ability to service the community under the protocols and guidelines set by the NYS DoH Bureau of EMS.
All 911 calls use the Power Phone Total Response Protocols to process 911 emergency calls. EMS calls across Putnam County are classified by the following:
Response Code - Response Type
Priority 1 BLS Ambulance (FD dispatched on cardiac/respiratory arrest)
Requires Paramedic Unit (ALS Dispatch)
Priority 2 BLS Ambulance
May require a Paramedic (ALS) Unit (when 2 or more units are available in the County)
Priority 3 BLS Ambulance (No Medic (ALS) will be dispatched)
If you or someone you know is disabled and or require special assistance. Please complete this Putnam County form so they can be checked on in the event of a disaster.
DISABILITY/SPECIAL NOTIFICATION ASSISTANCE FORM
KVFD supports the The File Of Life program. The File Of Life is a form that gets filled out and put in it’s holder which is a magnet and then gets stuck to your refrigerator so that in case of emergency, the EMT’s, Police, and/or Paramedics can view it quickly for information they may need in order to help the patient. This very simple concept has saved dozens of lives and should be used in every community. It can also be carried on you.
Since 1995, a vast and increasing number of
cities and towns have implemented the program. We need your help to start saving
lives in our community.
Who is at Risk? We all are. Medical Emergencies can happen to anyone at any time. That's why everyone needs the "File of Life". But one group in particular needs special emphasis. Did you know... 58% of all Emergency Calls are for Senior Citizens?
Are they prepared for this? There's panic, confusion, fear and a terrible sense of urgency and helplessness. With the "File of Life" there is solid information on conditions and medications; it's written down and ready to be utilized immediately by the EMT's.
It might make the difference between life and death.
The "File of Life" program is...
...Endorsed by Hospitals, EMTs, COAs, TRIAD's,
Municipal, Medical, Senior Citizen Organizations,
Police, Sheriff's, and Fire Departments.
...in place in approximately 4,500
...in place in over 14,000,000 homes.
...throughout the United States and Canada, started in Puerto Rico, and growing every day.
File Of Life packs (Form and Holder) can be picked up at the KVFD.
KVFD also participates in the Yellow Dot Program. Yellow Dot is a free program designed to help first responders provide life-saving medical attention during that first “golden hour” after a crash or other emergency. A Yellow Dot in the driver's-side rear window of your vehicle will alert first responders that vital medical information is stored in the glove compartment. You can pick-up a Yellow Dot kit at the Kent Volunteer Firehouse. You can also learn more about the program and order your kit for free at www.nysheriffs.org/yellowdot
As first responders, KVFD is compassionate, supportive, mindful and respectful of those who have end-of-life wishes or are participating in palliative care. Under NYS Law we MUST use all means of resuscitation, UNLESS presented with an updated Do Not Resuscitate (Non-Hospital DNR), or NYS Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (MOLST) (on its unique colored paper) form.
In order to conform with the wishes of the patient and/or family, these MUST be signed by a physician and shown upon arrival or informed and noted that the patient is wearing a NYS DoH DNR bracelet.
KVFD adheres to the Families Healthcare Decision Act (FHDA) of 2010.
DNR FORM DNR/BRACELET INFORMATION MOLST INFORMATION END-OF-LIFE INFORMATION
Contact the EMS Lieutenant
Kent Volunteer Fire Department
2490 Route 301
Kent Cliffs, NY 10512