Medical First Responder Program

From 1967 to 2011, the mission of the Buffalo-Mt. Pisgah Fire Department was primarily fire protection only.  As the area and community have evolved, our leaders saw the need to establish a Medical First Responder program to help fill in the gap.  Voluntarily and with the blessings of the Kershaw County Fire Marshal's Office & Kershaw County EMS, our firefighters are cross-trained as Medical First Responders.   We receive 48 hours of initial training and 8 hours of refresher training every year through the Fire Service staff.  

This training and program allows us to be the "First Responders" to a medical incident.  Our first responders live in different areas around the community.   This allows them to many times respond direct to the scene and be there within the first 10 minutes of an medical emergency.  Other responders will respond to either of our two fire stations to get our rescue truck or brush truck to respond to the
scene.  Our job as first responders is to care for a patient by providing basic life supporting procedures.  The first responders will do a basic assessment of the situation by asking questions and checking vitals and the condition of the patient.  Our first responders are equipped with automated external defibrillators (AED), oxygen, and other supplies for initial care.  The first responders will then relay updated patient information to the Kershaw County EMS paramedic unit.  Once the Kershaw County EMS unit arrives, our first responders assist EMS with continued care of the patient until they are headed to the appropriate hospital.  The Fire Department does not have ambulances so all the transporting is done by Kershaw County EMS units.  

We are honored to help our community in any way we can.   This is just another way that we can help our area and potentially save lives.