On Wednesday, September 9th, units from Kensington and BCC Rescue were alerted for the vehicle collision on the Outer Loop of the Beltway in the area of I-270.
Chief 705 Bravo, Chief 705 Charlie, Engine 705, and Ambulance 705 responded and found one pickup on its side and one off the road into the bushes.
Crews treated and transported two trauma patients to the local trauma center.
With the increasing calls for Emergency Medical Services, Kensington now requires a heavy duty dependable ambulance to provide the community with the best services we provide in a vehicle our volunteers confidently operate in dangerous situations and weather conditions.
KVFD is now in its 90th year of service. KVFD Station 5 on Connecticut Avenue at Plyers Mill Road is the only volunteer fire & rescue service in Montgomery County that owns all of its fire and EMS response apparatus, in its own building at Station 5, and which operates 70% of all shifts in a week with 100% volunteer staffing of all fire and EMS operations.
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Congratulations to FF/Paramedic Makoto Tanigawa and FF/Paramedic Truc Nguyen who received the Public Safety Officer of the Year award at the Wheaton+Kensington Chamber of Commerce meeting this past Wednesday. Makoto and Truc received the award for their life-saving efforts last month when they revived a gentleman in cardiac arrest. Chief Heflin was in attendance to present the award. Thanks go out to our community for supporting the department and our extraordinary members who respond to the call of duty everyday.
The Engine, Ambulance, and ALS Chase Car from Kensington Company 5 were dispatched for an elderly citizen having trouble breathing at a residence. When Co. 5 units arrived onscene, the patient was unresponsive and it was confirmed that the citizen was a working code. Crews immediately began CPR, obtaining IV access, and airway management.
The patient was worked up for approximately 8 minutes when return of spontaneous circulation with a strong radial pulse occurred, quickly packaged for transport, and on the way to the hospital with two Volunteer Paramedics from Co. 5.
Following up the next day, the Crews were informed that the patient was conscious, alert, and fully oriented! Kensington Co. 5 is especially proud of the actions of our Volunteers as they:
- Contributed to a neurologically intact Cardiac Arrest save - a very difficult feat.
- All in-service units were dispatched on this call and worked seamlessly together.
- All 8 of our Live-In Members responded.
- It was the first call as Charge EMT for a Member who completed his training that week!
- It was the first call as Charge Paramedic for a Member who completed the Montgomery County Paramedic program that week!