Half of Tilton-Northfield Fire's 294 winter medical calls required advanced life support

TILTON-NORTHFIELD — Chief Brad Ober of Tilton-Northfield Fire & EMS reported that call volume declined slightly this winter, between December 1 and March 31, from 482 emergency calls in 2012 to 467, with 48 simultaneous calls representing ten-percent of the total.
Ober said that medical emergencies accounted for 63 percent and fire emergencies for 37 percent of all calls. The department responded to 14 building and nine chimney fires, which together represented estimated losses of $400,420.
Of all emergencies, 261 originated in Tilton and 162 in Northfield while the department also responded to 44 calls for Lakes Region Mutual Fire Aid.
Half of the 284 patients treated received advanced life support and a fifth basic life support. Ober said that the intervention of bystanders and EMTS, who employed newly purchased cardiac monitors and mechanical CPR devices, spontaneously restored circulation to a patient in cardiac arrest who was subsequently treated at Concord Hospital and now enjoys a normal lifestyle.
Firefighters reached the scene of 57 percent of all emergencies in six minutes or less with an average response time of six minutes, thirty-seven seconds. Slightly more than a fifth of all emergencies occurred between 11 p.m. and 8 a.m.