Westlake Fire Department First Responders Execute Textbook Cardiac Response

Brian and Jean Moran, Westlake Fire Fighters Eric Szytec, Matt Benigni and Adam O’Neill.

What began as a typical weekday afternoon in April for retired Westlake resident Brian Moran, quickly turned worrisome as he began to experience chest pains while working in the yard. Brian’s wife Jean could tell something was wrong and dialed 911, and Westlake first responders were swiftly dispatched to the Moran’s residence.

When the Westlake Fire Department arrived, they correctly identified a cardiac event and immediately executed cardiac protocol. In addition to diagnosing Brian’s heart attack, first responders recognized Brian as the father of fellow Fire Fighter Lt. Matt Moran. All of a sudden, a routine emergency response call took on a personal air.

First responders alerted the University Hospitals St. John Medical Center’s catheterization laboratory to expect Brian’s arrival and began communicating directly with the hospital about Brian’s vitals and condition.

“It’s reassuring to know that Westlake first responders are so well trained and they know what they’re doing to best help others,” Jean Moran said. “The equipment available to communicate directly with the hospital so the medical staff was best prepared when we arrived was impressive.”

Standard industry door-to-balloon (DTB) time is 60 minutes. DTB is defined as the time between arrival to the hospital’s emergency department and when a catheter guide-wire crosses the lesion within the cardiac catheterization laboratory. Brian’s DTB time was 38 minutes.

EMS Today JEMS Conference & Exposition Westlake Fire Department Team (pictured left to right): Lt. Ryan Clifford, Firefighters John Tomlinson, Michael Swanker and Nicholas Dangel.

“The response call and cardiac protocol for my dad was executed perfectly,” Lt. Moran said. “My family and I are grateful to my colleagues for excellent care and service.”

After receiving two stents, Brian returned home from the hospital two days later without sustaining any damage to his heart. “I thank the Westlake Fire Department staff for the great care. They’re kind, caring and professional,” Brian Moran said.

“Our Westlake Fire Fighters are diligent in their emergency response training. Westlake recently sent a team to the EMS Today JEMS Conference & Exposition EMS Competition in National Harbor, Maryland,” Westlake Fire Chief, Jim Hughes said. “The Westlake team competed against EMS teams from across the country and globe and placed tenth overall, distinguishing themselves among the elite paramedics in the county. This example and Mr. Moran’s case are the kind of care and service that all of the Westlake Fire Department members strive to provide to our citizens each and every day.”

About the Westlake Fire Department

Westlake’s 32,000 residents and the many visitors to the city annually are served by a Fire Department consisting of a Chief, an Assistant Chief, administrative staff, a Fire Prevention Bureau, a staff of 42 officers and line firefighters. The department has 2 fire stations, staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, providing immediate response to all types of emergencies. Westlake fire personnel are all state-certified firefighters and paramedics who consistently participate in continuing education. Aside from basic fire and medical emergencies, fire personnel are trained to respond to hazardous material accidents, trench and building collapses, motor vehicle crashes with special extrication problems and confined space extrications.

Two engines, 2 aerial trucks and 4 medic units are the workhorses responding to approximately 5,600 incidents. The Westshore Central Dispatch Center provides coordinated fire and EMS dispatch for Westlake, Bay Village, Fairview Park, North Ridgeville and Rocky River to improve efficiency and effectiveness of each city’s emergency personnel and equipment which reduces costs. The Fire Department remains committed to the safety and health of all Westlake residents and visitors and is prepared to respond. Learn more about the department at www.cityofwestlake.org/Fire.

About The City of Westlake

The City of Westlake, Ohio, founded in 1811, is located on 15.97 square miles in the western edge of Cuyahoga County, approximately one mile south of the southern shore of Lake Erie. Its more than 32,000 citizens, vibrant businesses, and many visitors enjoy outstanding restaurants and shopping including Crocker Park. Scenic parks and recreational areas, a highly rated school system, college campuses, a nationally ranked public library, and exceptional city services and safety forces can all be found in Westlake. The city’s largest employers include Hyland Software, American Greetings, Equity Trust, Nordson Corporation, TravelCenters of America, USG Interiors, and Q-Lab. University Hospitals St. John Medical Center and satellite operations for Cleveland Clinic Health System and University Hospital Health Care System are also located in the city. Westlake’s location provides easy access to most of Northeast Ohio via I-90 and I-480 and beyond with a short ride to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. Learn more about us at www.cityofwestlake.org.

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