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Ambulances can be classified into three types. Type 1 ambulances are custom vehicles designed specifically for emergency operation, with a cab based on a light-duty pickup truck. These are the ambulances that look like specialty box-trucks. Type 2 ambulances are large, van-like vehicles. The back compartment is usually modified to allow EMS professionals more room to stand. Type 3 ambulances are similar to Type 1 ambulances, but their cabs are based on light-duty vans.

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Early CPR can mean the difference between life and death for people suffering a myocardial infarction (heart attack). You can help in this process by being CPR certified. The American Heart Association provides the national standard for CPR. There are classes for both healthcare providers and laypeople.

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It is very helpful for residents to make sure that their address number is clearly visible from the road so that EMS providers can find them in case of an emergency. Placing reflective lettering on your mailbox is very effective. Otherwise, you can also put large lettering on the side of the house that faces the street. By taking less time to find which house is yours, an EMS provider can spend more time providing care.

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F.A.S.T. Mnemonic Saves Lives!

By recognizing the early signs of a stroke and calling 911, you can increase the chance of the patient's survival. Strokes can be very treatable if caught very early. Early detection and treatment leads to better outcomes!

Contributed by Dan Sunderland