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Stafford adds more paid rescue workers
Stafford County extended full-time, paid EMS coverage to two new areas of the county this week.
On Monday, Stafford placed paid providers in the White Oak and Stafford County courthouse areas, bringing to seven the number of 24/7 rescue stations in the county. This means that an ambulance staffed by a person with advanced training is minutes away in nearly 80 percent of the county.
“We have said that the standard of care in Stafford County will be advanced life support,” said Rob Brown, chief of Stafford County Fire and Rescue Department, above.
The White Oak rescue station on White Oak Road in southern Stafford and the new fire and rescue station on Courthouse Road in the central part of the county now have around-the-clock, paid providers on the premises. The providers have Advanced Life Support training, which allows them to administer drugs and perform other advanced, lifesaving procedures.
Stafford Fire and Rescue posts a monthly call summary on its Web site. The one for October can be sees here.
For more details about Stafford’s expanded rescue coverage, see the story later this week in the paper.