Baptist Ambulance Donates Three AEDs to Booneville Fire Department
The Baptist Ambulance service in Booneville recently presented the Booneville Fire Department with three automatic external defibrillators to be placed on each of its rescue units.
On April 1, the Booneville Fire Department will use the AEDs and other equipment to begin providing first response to medical calls within Prentiss County. The City of Booneville’s Board of Alderman approved the expansion of the fire department’s role at a recent meeting.
“Working together with first responder partners is critical to providing the best quality emergency medical service to the people of Booneville,” said Baptist Ambulance Operations Manager Tracey Moreland. “Through this donation and expanding partnership, we will all work together to continue to raise the bar for emergency medical care.”
“The Booneville Fire Department is proud to partner with Baptist Ambulance to create an effective, integrated emergency response in the City of Booneville,” said Booneville Fire Department Chief Michael Rutherford. “This equipment upgrade to our engines allows us to expand our medical response capabilities, and we thank Baptist Ambulance for this donation.”
Every Booneville Fire Department response vehicle has a licensed emergency medical responder. The Baptist Ambulance team will provide all continuing education and training needs to the fire department to ensure medical certifications remain current and that both ambulance and fire department personnel work tougher to provide seamless medical response.
Both Baptist Ambulance and the Booneville Fire Department are dispatched from the local Prentiss County 9-1-1 Center. In 2017, Baptist Ambulance also donated a computer automated dispatch (CAD) system currently to the county 9-1-1 center, a value of $150,000. Baptist Ambulance provided the installation, testing and training on the software, which allows for better call tracking, data analysis and therefore, more scientific allocation of vehicles and resources to best serve the community.
Baptist Ambulance, a member of the Priority Ambulance family of companies, has provided emergency ambulance service to Prentiss County since June 1, 2017. Priority Ambulance has a master services agreement with Baptist Memorial Health Care to provide medical transport options throughout its service area in West Tennessee and Mississippi.