Working for the Lansing Fire Department isn't just about putting out flames, it's about saving lives. On average, paramedics respond to emergency calls every half-hour. And many of them are heart-related. So according to Captain John Dyer of the Lansing Fire Department, continuing education courses like the Advanced Cardiac Life Support Class are important.
"This gives them the opportunity without a real-life patient to practice. But the finale of the class is saving the mannequin patient."
Roughly 80 paramedics work for the Lansing Fire Department. And every couple of years they are required to pass a skills test.
"In which you will by yourself administer an I.V., intubate, give drugs, defibrillate, do what you need to do in a whole series of heart rhythms. We're basically the eyes of the doctors when we're in the field. Once we get to the hospital we have to paint a picture so the doctor feels like they've been there."
Ultimately paramedics are the ones on the scene first. And the training they receive can only help, especially when they hold someone's life in their hands.