Buckner assumed the position of fire chief in Jacksonville in October 2009. He came from Rainbow City where he was a paramedic and captain of that city’s fire department.
Buckner told the Exchangites that last year, his department answered 2,244 calls. He said that 72 percent of the call volume is related to emergency medical services.
He noted that he’s proud of the relationship his department has with local hospitals.
“We’ve worked on several projects with our local hospitals,” he said. “One program we have is a 12 lead program. We can transmit a 12 lead from the field, say to the emergency room, and that allows us to help reduce the time a patient has to get to the cath lab. We’ve been able to help the hospitals reduce that time by about 32 percent, which allows for a greater survival rate.”
His department has also partnered with hospitals to reduce the time a potential stroke patient has from a cat scan until he can receive medication to help break up a clot that could cause a stroke.
“We’ve also changed our protocols and procedures to keep up with the latest trends,” he said. “This means that we’ve seen an increase in our cardiac arrest survival rates.”
Buckner talked about the new fire truck, a 2011 Pierce Rescue Bumper, the department received which will not only respond to fires but is capable of advanced life support as well as rescues.
He said the new fire station, which will be built in the south end of town, will reduce response times and drive distances for residents in that area.
“This should help us lower our ISO (Insurance Services Organization) rating to improve our insurance premiums,” he said.
Buckner thanked the Exchange Club members who, along with State Farm Insurance, donated smoke detectors, which are given to those who can’t afford them. Buckner said not only are they free, members of his department will install them.
Students T. J. Strickland from Faith Christian and Sam Prickett from Pleasant Valley were recognized.
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