Some have argued that Darien’s current EMS system is great because it allows Basic Life Support (BLS) or Post 53 to arrive before Advanced Life Support ((ALS) or Paramedics from out of town. They argue that BLS prepares the way for ALS and does the preliminary work. This is nonsense.
If BLS and ALS arrive together, they operate as a team and there is no delay in providing the highest level of care possible as soon as possible. Also, there is no delay in leaving for the hospital because all the players are present at the same time. I did not appreciate this delay in leaving for the hospital until an elderly family member had a stroke and heart attack at our home. It isn’t just the delay of out of town Paramedics reaching patients in Darien that is a serious problem. Just as important, our fragmented system causes a delay in leaving for the hospital.
We need Paramedics based in Darien.