BRYAN -- When an emergency happens, every second counts and with more than 7,000 medical calls in Bryan alone last year, the fire department is teaming up with St. Joseph Hospital to help improve the treatment you get both in the field and in the hospital.
The Bryan Fire Department does a lot more than put out flames.
"Very close to 80 percent of the total calls we respond to involve emergency medical services," said Bryan Fire Chief, Randy McGregor.
For the past 17 years the fire department's medical director has been based out of Dallas.
Creating some difficulties for doctors here locally when patients arrive at the ER for treatment.
"There'd be a point where they were cared for in the field, come through the door of the hospital and then we'd have to change tactics slightly to do things differently," said Dr. Aaron Buzzard.
But thanks to a new partnership between the Bryan Fire Department and St. Joseph Hospital, Dr. Buzzard will now be the local medical director for the fire department.
"The same medications that we have at the hospital will now be on the ambulances," said Dr. Buzzard. "The same procedures and techniques that we would use to help you in the ER will now be on their ambulances as well."
Making the transition from treatment in the field to the hospital, a seamless one.
Chief McGregor says, "It will be a complete treatment, if you will, from the field all the way to the emergency room visit."