Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Join Lakeside Firefighters for "Love Your Heart 2015"

Lakeside, CA -

 The Lakeside Fire Protection District will be participating in the Live Well San Diego Love Your Heart event on Friday, February 13, 2015. Lakeside Firefighters will be performing free blood pressure screenings at two local locations. The event will take place at the Lakeside Community Center at 9841 Vine Street, Lakeside, CA 92040, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30p.m., and at the Vons in the East County Square, 13439 Camino Canada, El Cajon, CA 92020. Please come down and get some info about hypertension and some ways to prevent it.  Visit the link to get more information on the event.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Rollover Traffic Collision Sends Driver To Trauma Center in Helicopter


On Saturday February 7, 2015 Lakeside Firefighters were called to Lake Jennings Park Rd. and Interstate 8 for reports of a rollover traffic collision.  Lakeside Rescue 3 was first on scene and found that a pickup truck had rolled over and the driver had been ejected from the vehicle.  Rescue 3 crews quickly began treating the critically injured patient and determined that it would be in the best interest of the patient to be flown via Mercy Air to a trauma center.
Mercy Air Taking off of the Trauma Center with the Patient on Board
Alpine Engine 17 went to ensure there was a safe landing zone for Mercy Air 6 and Lakeside Engine 26 assisted Rescue 3 on scene with patient care.  When Santee Medic 5 arrived at the scene the patient was quickly loaded and transported to the landing zone to rendezvous with Mercy Air 6.
Crews Work on the Critically Injured Patient
Engine 17 found an appropriate landing zone in the parking lot at Lake Jennings Park.  Without specific helipads in the district it is necessary that we use large open safe places to land rescue helicopters.  There are many suitable areas, but if a single car is parked in the wrong place it can completely exclude a pre-designated landing zone.  Fortunately, on this particular Saturday, there was plenty of room at the closest possible landing zone.

Mercy Air on the Ground

The patient was transferred to the helicopter and flown to a local trauma center.  California Highway Patrol was on scene and is investigating the cause of the accident.

Story and Photos by Acting Division Chief Bernie Molloy

Monday, February 2, 2015

Lakeside Firefighters Train Residents in Hands-Only™ CPR

Lakeside, CA - 

On January 30 and 31, 2015, firefighters from Lakeside's Lake Jennings Fire Station (fs3) helped train some local residents in Hands-Only™ CPR. A total of 43 residents from the Lake Jennings Mobile Home Park on Harritt Road attended the training.

Hands-Only™ CPR is a simple, effective form of CPR shown to improve survival from cardiac arrest.  Hands-Only CPR™ is CPR without mouth-to-mouth breaths. It is recommended for use by people who see a teen or adult suddenly collapse in an “out-of-hospital” setting (such as at home, at work or in a park). It consists of two easy steps:
  1. Call 9-1-1 (or send someone to do that).
  2. Push hard and fast in the center of the chest. 
When you call 911, you need to stay on the phone until the 911 dispatcher (operator) tells you to hang up. The dispatcher will ask you about the emergency. They will also ask for details like your location. It is important to be specific, especially if you’re calling from a mobile phone as that is not associated with a fixed location or address. Remember that answering the dispatcher’s questions will not delay the arrival of help.

Hands-Only™ CPR is also known as "two-minute CPR" as that is all it takes to learn this life-saving skill.

Lakeside FF-PM Brian Moore shows how it's done.

Lakeside FF-PM Jamie Hazlewood helps with the skill.

 Post by: Firefighter-Paramedic Brian Moore