76 fire/EMS calls last week; recognizing cardiac issues | Free Press

VIRGINIA — During the week of July 31st – Aug. 6, the Virginia Fire Department was called for service 76 times: nine fire calls, 18 transfers, and 49 EMS 911 calls.

The Fire calls varied from two lift assist, two smoke alarm activations, a cooking fires, an electrical problem, and four times dispatched and cancelled.

The transfers brought us to Cook Hospital, Essentia Health northern Pines, and Essentia Health Virginia to transport patients to Miller Dwan, St. Luke’s, and Essentia Health St. Mary’s.

The 49 911 calls brought us to eight different communities; Biwabik, Cook, Eveleth, Gilbert, Iron, Mountain Iron, Tower, and Virginia. These patients were transported to four different hospitals; Cook Hospital, Essentia Health Virginia, Fairview Range Medical Center, and Essentia Health St. Mary’s.

During this week our busiest day was Wednesday and number one reason for call was Chest Pain. We performed 92 procedures and administered fifty-six different medicines. We treated more women (39) than men (28) with the average age being 61 years old.

The Fire Marshal’s office was busy working on code enforcement and fire inspections as well as fire prevention planning. The Fire Explorers have added three new members bringing their membership up to twelve.

Both staff members and explorers helped with the National Night Out.

We thank the community for their continued support of all the emergency services and efforts in keeping a safe and healthy community.

Since Cardiac or Chest Pain is many times our number one reason for being dispatched below is a quick summary of about cardiovascular disease. Guidelines recommend that all people aged 40 or more should have a routine cardiovascular risk assessment. A risk factor calculator is commonly used by doctors and nurses to assess the risk of you developing a cardiovascular disease such as…

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