The Marion Board of Health heard from the Fire Department on a new EMS program during the former’s January 20 public meeting.
“It’s really a changing dynamic in the fire service in that we want to learn more about our community and learn different ways where we can help people in our community,” explained Fire Chief Brian Jackvony. “Years ago, it was strictly geared towards fire prevention. Most of our response to incidents was geared towards fire prevention, but today we’re looking at programs that fall into the umbrella of community-risk reduction, and that’s where we’re looking to take our community EMS program.”
Fire Lieutenant Lyle McKay attended the meeting and is serving as the Fire Department’s local expert.
“As part of community EMS, there is no charge to get a license for it. … Marion is very fortunate to have the programs in place that they have. This is the most-proactive community that I’ve been a part of. It’s been really good with senior outreach so a lot of this stuff’s already going on,” said McKay. “We’re not looking to take any of that over or change anything, we’re just supplementing it.” Read More…