The Fire and Life Safety Department and Lynch EMS presented their inaugural annual report to the City Council at the September 21st City Council meeting. Information presented included the types and quantity of fire and EMS calls received, average dispatch to arrival times, comparisons from the previous service provider, training information, and more.
During the Fiscal Year 2020-21, Placentia Fire and Life Safety and Lynch EMS responded to a total of 4,363 calls, reduced average fire and medical response times by 30-40% from 2019, and required significantly less mutual aid from surrounding cities into Placentia than the previous service provider.
Placentia Fire and Life Safety personnel have completed over 23,000 hours of training in the areas of urban search and rescue, firefighter survival, leadership, wildland with US Forest Services, Mercy Air, and fire tactics and strategy. In addition, Lynch EMS staff completed training in incident command systems, basic life support, advance cardiac life support, mass casualty incidents, and more.
Lynch EMS has also invested in the LUCAS device, which enables automatic chest compressions. This device not only improves the chest compression rate but also reduces CPR interruptions. With the Paramedics' advanced training, and Lynch EMS investing in the most modern medical technology, Lynch staff have achieved a 47% success rate in cardiac saves, which is 17% higher than the national average.
To view the inaugural report, please click here.