Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

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The Kirksville Fire Department provides fire first responder services for the City of Kirksville.  The City provides Basic Life Support services in coordination with the Adair County Ambulance District.

Automatic External Defibrilators

The Kirksville Fire Department is proud to report an Automatic External Defibrilator (AED) is equiped on our apparatus! All of our Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT's) are trained to use this machine and they are compatible with the equipment used by the ambulance district.

Why the need for AED's? 

Most adults who can be saved from cardiac arrest are in ventricular fibrillation (VF) or pulseless ventricular tachycardia. Electrical defibrillation provides the single most important therapy for the treatment of these patients. Resuscitation science therefore places great emphasis on early defibrillation. The greatest chances of survival result when the interval between the start of VF and the delivery of defibrillation is as brief as possible.

What is ventricular fibrillation?

Ventricular fibrillation is a condition in which disordered electrical activity causes the ventricles to contract in a rapid, unsynchronized, uncoordinated fashion. When this occurs, little or no blood is pumped from the heart.

What is defibrilation?

Defibrillation is a process in which an electronic device helps reestablish normal contraction rhythms in a heart that is not functioning properly. The device does this by delivering an electric shock to the heart.