As informed by the fire Chief Alan Wax, approval of the state is being sought by Rivers Casino in Des Plaines for providing its own emergency medical services that would relieve the fire department’s burden to great extent. As a result the fire and police calls from the casino would decrease considerably, said the officials. Since the opening of the casino about one year back, approx 1,467 police and 232 fire-related calls have been recorded out of which 38% needed life support and 21% required basic life support. About 20-22 calls were responded by the fire department during the past one year.
Wax expressed that at least services of two emergency medical technicians per shift would be hired who could handle first aid and other basic emergency treatments, not involving hospitalization. They would also be able to make medical reports and charts through the computer systems and also authenticate patient releases. He added that we may not have to go out on in respect of 35 to 37 percent of the calls to be responded by us. The numbers would go down considerably when the EMTs become online. Wax expected the approval of the state for the EMS may be received within few weeks.
Out of the 1,467 calls responded by the police, a majority pertained to criminal trespass, said Mike Kozak, the acting police chief. The fire department was assisted by the police officers in respect of 210 calls and 110 calls pertained to intoxicated individuals and five physical attacks. Kozak expressed that the response to calls by the police represents 2.4 percent of the total number of calls, handled by the department citywide during the same time period.
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