The Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Service Board Emergency Responder Program - Where to Next?
The management of a person's health incident should start just after the incident occurs and continue until they are rehabilitated back to their normal living state, or the best possible state of living following their total health care after the incident. There is now sufficient international evidence to demonstrate that first responders, including professional fire fighters, improve patient outcomes, especially from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA).
The Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Service Board (MFESB) Emergency Responder Program (ERP), which assists Ambulance Victoria (AV), has been in place since 2001 and has undergone little change since its inception. Therefore the aim of the project is to identify what type of service international fire fighter first responder programs are providing and what direction the MFESB ERP can take in the future.