A Missoula Fire Department call for duty that took place in the early morning of Dec. 27 helped save the life of a Spokane Valley firefighter, using equipment and a new technique of mine crew CPR taught to the Missoula Firefighter/EMT by the Spokane Valley Fire Department in 2015.
Missoula Fire Department Captain Phillip Keating described what happened in the early morning of Dec. 27.
“We were dispatched around 1:15 a.m. to a CPR call for a man in cardiac arrest and his son was performing CPR,” Captain Keating said. “The Missoula Police Department arrived around the same time with two officers. They arrived at the same time as our Engine 131. The patient was found on the floor with his son doing chest compressions. Her son is a recently certified EMT and volunteer firefighter in the Spokane Valley.
Using CPR equipment from the Pit Crew and training received from the Spokane Valley Fire Department, Keating described what happened at the scene.
“We ended up electrocuting him several times,” he said. “He was in cardiac arrest when we arrived. We electrocuted him, picked him up and then transported him to the hospital where he remained for three days. He almost fully recovered; in fact, he’s starting cardiac rehab next week.
This is where the sweet irony of history comes in, said Captain Keating.
“The interesting part of the whole story is that about five years ago we sent our EMS coordinator to Spokane to learn this new type of CPR,” he said. “And so Mike Rossi, the man we were performing CPR on, is himself a firefighter for the Spokane Fire Department, and they were the ones who taught us a new method of CPR that ultimately saved one of theirs.”
Rossi told KGVO News that the Pit Crew CPR method is a lot like the pit crew at a NASCAR race, where each member has an assigned task during an emergency medical call, and the fire department of Missoula City adopted the method that helped save Rossi’s life. .
“We have seen our success rates with CPR increase significantly and thought this would be a great opportunity to reach out to the public and let them know that we offer CPR classes and that early and effective CPR is very important for survival,” Keating added. “The public can contact the Missoula Fire Department at 406-552-6210 and they can sign up for the list of CPR courses run by the Fire Department. of Missoula.”
Rossi said he is recovering at his home in Spokane and is grateful for the excellent training Missoula Fire has received from the Spokane Fire Department.
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