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Emergency Medical Services Division

Captain Joseph StalkerWelcome to the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) page of the Hooksett Fire Rescue Department (HFRD) website. My name is Captain Joseph P Stalker, manager of the emergency medical services and community health/safety programs for the department and town. Our department takes great pride in providing strong, knowledgeable and quality pre-hospital care to those who are sick or injured. We currently have three (3) advanced life support equipped ambulances operated within the department. Our fire engines, ladder truck and other support vehicles are also equipped with medical equipment to assist the ambulance or provide quick, first response care. All department firefighters, from probationary firefighters to the Fire Chief are certified and state licensed at the minimum of Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). Most members are certified at the Advanced Life Support level as Advanced EMTs and some are certified and licensed Paramedics. All EMS-trained members participate in monthly medical training in order to remain proficient in their skills and knowledge, as well as to keep up-to-date on the latest medical knowledge and operations. Beginning in 2017, the HFRD will be sending one member annually to the New England EMS Institute in Manchester to train our own members as certified Paramedics. This is the highest-level medical provider in the EMS field and will allow our personnel to provide the highest and best possible care to the community.

We also believe in providing proactive injury & illness prevention programs, community health programs and other medical-related services to the community. Whereas the majority of our emergency calls are medical, we believe in doing everything we can to help prevent accidents and injuries, provide medical/safety training and education to the community and help promote healthy and injury/illness-free living. Below is a list of services provided by the EMS Division.

SAFE STATION – HOOKSETT

SAFE STATIONThe Hooksett Fire Rescue Department is proud to offer the Safe Station program, a local access program that connects those seeking help with substance abuse with the recovery / treatment services. This program originated in May of 2016 through the Manchester Fire Department. Proven to be successful in helping those overcome drug addiction, the Hooksett Fire Rescue Department sought to offer this same program on a local level to our residents. The program is simple: Those looking to initiate the first step in seeking recovery / treatment assistance for substance abuse can come to either one of the Hooksett fire stations 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There, they will receive a medical screening by the on-duty Firefighter/EMTs or Paramedics. Next, they will be transported directly to Serenity Place in Manchester. If an individual requires emergent evaluation and/or treatment, they will be transported to the CMC – Emergency Dept. before continuing on to Serenity Place. While at Serenity Place, individuals will have access to out-patient treatment services and counseling, legal assistance, peer recovery coaching, Medicare / Medicaid or other insurance assistance and education programs related to substance abuse.

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Hands-Only CPR Instruction
Learn to save a life in 10 minutes! That's right, learn 'Hands Only CPR' and help save the life of a person going into cardiac arrest. Medical research has shown that the best possible care for a person who goes into cardiac arrest (no breathing and no heartbeat) is early and effective chest compressions. The sooner these chest compressions begin, the better chance this person has for survival. Bystander initiation of CPR is often what is needed to give these people the best chance for survival. With this, the American Heart Association (AHA) has developed Hands Only CPR, a quick, yet effective way to deliver CPR. In the past, CPR training was obtained by sitting through an all-day training class. With Hands Only CPR, this same valuable training can be delivered in a 10-15 session. Contact the EMS Division for more information and to set up instruction for you, your family or your business.


File of Life Program:
The File of Life is a small device that attaches to your refrigerator by magnet and contains a card with your basic information and medical history. This can be a valuable tool for emergency responders in the event of an emergency, especially if this information is not available or you are unable to provide it. These devices are provided to residents of Hooksett free of charge and can be obtained at either of the fire stations. If needed, we are happy to come out to your residence and help you fill one out and set it up. Contact the HFRD - EMS Division for more information and to set one up.


Blood Pressure Checks: Seven (7) days a week, personnel on duty are available to provide free blood pressure checks to anyone as needed. Swing by either fire station to have your blood pressure checked and chat with your local firefighters.


Opioid / Drug Epidemic Education: As many of you know, New Hampshire is in the middle of a opioid epidemic crippling our state. The Hooksett Fire Rescue Department is committed to taking whatever steps needed to help combat this problem. A large important part of this is providing education and training to our community on the dangers of drug use and addiction. We have provided drug abuse and addiction education to residents, businesses, schools and colleges/universities. We are happy to provide this education training to anyone, either on an individual or large group basis. Contact the EMS Division for more information and to schedule this.


Syringe / Needle Take Back Program: Loose or improperly disposed of syringes and needles can be very dangerous and have devastating consequences if a needle stick or exposure occurs from them. If you have any used, unused or expired syringes/needles to dispose of, please contact the EMS Division during the daytime hours, Monday through Friday to arrange for drop-off or pick-up. Also, if you find used needles/syringes outside in the public, we will come, pick them up and dispose of them in proper containers. If found in the public, please do not attempt to pick them up and dispose of them yourselves. Please notify the Hooksett Police Department if drugs or any other drug paraphernalia are found.

 

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Updated April 30, 2017 
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