St. John Fire Department
Before the Ambulance Arrives
After you have called 911, there are several things you can do
until Emergency Responders arrive. These simple procedures will
greatly aid the Emergency Responders and the patient they will
- If you determine that the patient is pulseless and non-breathing,
begin cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), but only if you have
been trained in this life saving technique.
- Stay calm; do not get excited. This will reassure the patient that
help is on the way.
- Make the patient as comfortable as possible.
- Gather all the medication that the patient may be taking. This
will help Emergency Responders better determine the medical
history of the patient.
- Move all furniture or obstacles out of the way so Emergency
Responders have easy access to the patient. Make sure all
pets are secure in another part of the house.
- Remember the time, this is very important. When was the last
time you talked to the patient? How long has this medical
condition existed? How long has the person been unconscious?