Man suffers cardiac arrest in fire in Birmingham

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Monday 13th July 2015 – 7.45am – Claire Brown.

Team work between all three emergency services meant a man in cardiac arrest was rescued from a property fire and resuscitated in Birmingham in the early hours.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called by West Midlands Fire Service at around 2.40am this morning requesting our attendance at a property fire in Dogpool Lane, Selly Oak. An ambulance, a paramedic area support officer and a MERIT trauma doctor attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Whilst ambulance crews were en route, the control room received an update from the fire service who advised a man had been rescued from the property which was ablaze and was in cardiac arrest.

“When ambulance staff and the doctor arrived they found fire and police colleagues, who had their own automated external defibrillator to hand, administering excellent CPR on the man. Advanced life support continued at the scene and the man was shocked once with the defibrillator which successfully restarted his heart.

“The man, who was still in a serious condition, was then taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham where medics were awaiting his arrival.”


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