Indian Creek VFD EMS Page
Indian Creek Township, Lawrence County, Indiana
The Indian Creek Volunteer Fire Department was formed in 1972 due to the fact
that there was no significant fire protection in the township. A fire station was erected
in Fayetteville, at the intersection of Indiana 158 and Fayetteville-Springville Road.
Initially,the dept. responded to fires of all types,motor vehicle accidents,and
anywhere else they were needed. In later years,a need was recognized for a
'first response' type system to augment the response of the two local hospitals'
paramedic ambulance services on life threatening emergencies. In mid-1991
several members attended 'first responder' classes at the local hospitals, and
began to respond with the ambulance to medical and trauma emergencies in
Indian Creek Twp. Also, with their added training and skills, the first responders
were able to provide a higher level of care to motor vehicle accident victims,
reducing the ambulance's time spent on scene. By mid-1993,several members
attended Basic Emergency Medical Technician(EMT-B)courses, becoming Indiana
certified, and increasing the level of care even further. In early 1999,
the dept. acquired a Physio-Control Lifepak 500 automated external
defibrillator(AED), and subsequently was certified as a BLS non-transport
provider by the Indiana EMS Commission. Dr. James Frasure of Bedford
Medical Group is the Medical Director.
The First Responder
This is the most basic of all Indiana EMS certifications. It is based on a class time of ~80 hours,
with hands-on skill and written examinations at the end of the course. Indiana FR's perform
patient assessment, administer oxygen, splint, bandage, use basic airway adjuncts, provide spinal
immobilization, and are now even providing cardiac defibrillation with an automated external
defibrillator(AED). In short,almost all of the practical skills of the Basic EMT.
The Emergency Medical Technician-Basic
This is the minimum level of training for ambulance personnel in Indiana. It is based on a class
time of ~180 hrs, with additional clinical time spent on the ambulance and in the ER. The
Basic EMT provides all of the skills of the FR, plus advanced airway skills. The key
difference here is that there is a greater emphasis on clinical knowledge, providing the EMT
with a greater base of knowledge to draw on. Several of the EMT's at ICVFD work as
professionals at regional ambulance services.
How We Respond
We are dispatched by the Lawrence County Police Department, who answers the 911 calls
for our area. We are dispatched by 'two-tone' paging via radio. The members will either go to
the fire station to get Truck 1, or respond in their own vehicles. Most members carry their own
personal 'jump kits' packed with the most needed supplies and equipment. Truck 1 is a 1978
Chevrolet 1-ton four-wheel-drive unit with a utility bed and the normal firefighting equipment,
plus an automated external defibrillator, trauma kit, an airway/oxygen pack, a cervical collar pack,
backboards, and all the other additional things needed to provide on scene medical care.
Bedford Regional Medical Center EMS
Dunn Memorial Hospital EMS
Indiana State Emergency Management Agency
Indian Creek VFD Main Page
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