EL DORADO, Ark. - Duty calls, and every time it does paramedics and EMTS at the El Dorado Fire Department quickly put their skills to the test.
Especially firefighters like Chris Eckhoff who is also an EMT.
He and his comrades are taking the Stemi Course, or better known as Elevation Myocardial Infarction.
"Lay terms of finding a heart attack in the field off of a monitor," said Eckhoff.
He says it teaches them strategies to get information faster and patients to the hospital quicker.
"It goes into depth on some different types of lead set ups for monitors, and to tell different angles and postures of looking at the heart and taking pictures of it," he said.
The El Dorado Fire Department has four stations in the city limits.
Three of them are serving with a paramedic unit.
They say chest pain and heart attack calls are frequent, so staying up to date with equipment is important.
"Time is muscle, so the American Heart Association is really pushing that when we get patients that are experiencing chest pain and heart attack to the hospital as quickly as possible so they can get definitive care," said Captain, Seth Rainwater.
Eckhoff says putting in the hours in the classroom come in handy when you're under pressure in the field.
"I know a little bit more about reading it and analyzing it a little bit better," he said.
They now know the quicker they can get the patient to the hospital, the better chance they have of survival.
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