A San Francisco Fire Department spokeswoman today said that Melinda Ohler, 40, a firefighter and registered nurse, who suffered critical injuries while responding to a call for help last week, was pronounced dead at 7:30 Monday morning. Ohler underwent two surgeries to relieve bleeding or pressure from head injuries from an accident that reportedly occurred only 100 feet from her fire station. Full stories here.
Ohler becomes the first female San Francisco firefighter to die in the line of duty.
Jan 15, '03
Originally posted by NMAguiar
I haven't found anything that explained her role as RN/firefighter. Previously, weren't most fire department medics either EMTs or Paramedics?
I haven't found/heard anything either, however in critical care ground transport (which is mostly AMR here) at least one of the transporters on the rig is a critical care RN. And before the fire departments here began training/staffing their firehouses with their own paramedic rigs, many AMR rigs used to be/still are housed at firehouses. So, and this is just a complete guess, if she was a critical care transport RN I'm sure she had a lot of exposure to the firefighting experience and inspired to become a firefighter, and became a firefighter/paramedic (with the additional education of EMT-P) at that firehouse in San Francisco. Not necessarily in the role of RN, but instead in the role of paramedic/firefighter. See here, several years ago (and this was very controversial at the time) the fire departments began striving to make every firefighter an EMT and every firehouse to have at least one paramedic and rig on premises so that the very expensive contracted work to AMR could be done away with.
I don't personally know any RN's who have become firefighters but I do know several RN's who work or have worked for AMR in critical care transport and flight nurses (critical care RN's) who work very closely with the fire departments.
Last edit by Sally_ICURN on Jan 15, '03