Thursday through Saturday the department held its quarterly CPR requirement for all firefighters and emergency medical crews.
The training covered basic life-saving measures, how to improve response time, and even how to adjust to variables like a person’s medical history.
“On top of not only performing the care that we need to quickly, especially in a cardiac arrest, we have to do what we call a lot of detective work,” said Medford Fire paramedic and CPR coordinator Eli Champagne. “And that means we have to get a good history, or try to.”
Medford fire officials say the district currently has around a 25% survival rate in cases of cardiac arrest. Their goal is to get up to 50% survival rate — both through regular training and public CPR education.