Fire department acquires EMS visual language translators


Visual language translators, like this one, have been put in all fire apparatus.

The Fairfield Fire Department recently deployed EMS visual language translators in all of its fire apparatus, which were acquired through funding from the Region 1 Emergency Planning Team under the Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security.

The laminated cards provide basic phrases required at a medical call in Arabic, Cantonese, French, Greek, Italian, Korean, Mandarin, Russian and Spanish, along with pictograms of various types of injury and illness.

“I’ve been to a number of calls in my 54 years with the fire department where there was a language barrier,” Fire Chief Richard Felner said. “This is a simple tool to help our guys do their job, taking care of the people who live and work in Fairfield.”

The cards have been placed in all fire department EMS trauma bags, similar translators for police, health and disaster assistance personnel have been distributed to those agencies to use in the field and at emergency shelters.

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