Chula Vista touts success of life-support program

CHULA VISTA, Calif. - Chula Vista is touting the success of its Advanced Life Support program.

Six months ago, the city’s fire department added a firefighter paramedic to most of its engine crews.  It allows crews to provide medical treatment to patients faster than traditional ambulance crews.

Chula Vista Fire Chief Dave Hanneman told 10News 85 percent of the calls firefighters roll on are for medical emergencies.

“We can get on location, four or five, six minutes before [ambulances] could get there,” said Chief Hanneman.

He said response times are cut in half for the most important emergencies like heart attacks, strokes or major injuries.

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