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EMS Education
The Norwich Township Fire Department is an accredited EMS Continuing Education program with the Ohio Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Medical Services. With this certification, our agency is able to provide continuing medical education to our EMS providers and our agency has served for many years as a regional continuing medical education location. Continuing education is an integral part of being a firefighter and paramedic at Norwich Township. Our agency believes in life-long learning, due in part to the changing dynamics and evolution of the medical practice.

EMS Education Events:
Monthly Training:
Our firefighters train monthly with our Medical Director on a variety of pertinent medical topics.  EMS Certificates are presented upon successful completion of the training session. 

EMS Resources

55 and Up:  Home Safety and Prevention Program
Being part of an aging society, the Norwich Township Fire Department recognizes the need to be proactive in preventing medical emergencies and fire-related situations for the older adult residents of Norwich Township, including the City of Hilliard and Brown Township.  For EMS, the older adult is a small percentage by population but accounts for an average of almost 40% of our requests for service.  If we can prevent illness, injury, or fire, then we are performing to meet the needs of our residents.

This program is designed to assist our older adult population and/or their caregivers by providing guidance on improving living safety conditions. The components of this program include the following:

1.  Make a request to the Norwich Township Fire Department for a home visit
2.  The fire department will come out and assist you with the following:
  •       Home safety inspection
  •       Medication organization and safety
  •       Complete a vial of life form for each occupant
  •       Provide a complimentary medication organization container
Many of the incidents relating to older adults can be prevented with the largest category of incidents being falls.  This injury causes pain, is costly to the individual and the healthcare industry, and carries a high mortality rate.  Falls are preventable and we as an organization will utilize this program to reduce falls in older adults in our district.

According to the CDC, falls are not inevitable but they do occur more often among older adults because fall risk factors increase with age and are usually associated with health and aging conditions.  These risk factors include:

Biological Risk Factors
     • Mobility problems due to muscle weakness or balance problems
     • Chronic health conditions such as arthritis and stroke
     • Vision changes and vision loss
     • Loss of sensation in feet

Behavioral Risk Factors
     • Inactivity
     • Medication side effects, overuse and/or interactions
     • Alcohol Use

Environmental Risk Factors
     • Home and environmental hazards (clutter, poor lighting, etc.)
     • Incorrect size, type, or use of assistive devices (walkers, canes, crutches, etc) 
     • Poorly designed public spaces

The Centers for Disease Control have identified the five building blocks of effective community-based fall prevention programs below:

1.  Education about falls and fall risk factors
2.  Exercises that improve mobility, strength, and balance, and that are taught by trained, nationally certified exercise instructors or physical therapists.  Exercise programs include:
     • Tai Chi
     • Individualized exercise sessions
     • Group exercise classes
     • Home exercise programs with supervision until the older adult can exercise independently
3.  Medication Review to identify side effects or drug interactions that may contribute to falls.  The reviews should be conducted by a pharmacist or healthcare provider.  Medication management adjustments to or changes in medications should be provided by physicians
4.  Vision Examinations by trained healthcare professionals with vision correction by an optometrist or ophthalmologist
5.  Home Safety assessment and home modification by occupational therapists or other healthcare professionals with specialized training, to identify and modify home hazards that can increase older adults’ risk of falling

By expanding the Norwich Township Fire Department scope into injury/illness/fire prevention for the 55 and up residents of Norwich Township, our department will be fulfilling the obligations of one of the key components that are necessary to reduce the potential for a catastrophic event. 

Other Helpful Resources:
What if I Fall?
Medication Safety
Fall Prevention Community Resources

Older Adult Home Safety and Prevention Program Resources:
Age 60 and Over Assistance Information
Individuals age 60 and over often times have special needs.  As we age, our bodies undergo change.  With this change, we need to modify how we perform some tasks, but also understand the whole aging process.  As a community-based organization, the Norwich Township Fire Department realizes the need to be proactive and reach out with interventions to prevent problems.  Click here to learn more about these resources for those age 60 and over, as well as for their caregivers.  Visit the Focus Hilliard Page for more resources or contact Focus Hilliard at (614) 876-7694.

Links to other Web Sites

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Flu Vaccine Information 
Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging 
Central Ohio Trauma System 
The Center for Family Safety and Healing

emergency departments We Transport To

Ohio Health System
Mount Carmel Health System
Ohio State University Hospital
Nationwide Children's Hospital 

Norwich Township EMS tries to transport patients to an appropriate Columbus Area emergency department of their choice. There are times these requests cannot be honored due to the following reasons:

1. Trauma (Ohio law requires transport to specialized trauma centers).
2. Stroke (Ohio law requires transport to specialized stroke treatment centers).
3. Hospital Diversion (This happens when an individual hospital is overcrowded with patients or experiences equipment failures).
4. Emergency Patient Transport Plan (There are times due to extremely high patient volumes regionally that the Emergency Patient Transport Plan is enacted. When this plan is enacted, medics are assigned to an appropriate hospital by a regional transport coordinator. 

Patients requiring substance abuse assistance might be transported to Maryhaven Addiction Stabilization Center.

Health Information

Franklin County Board of Health 
Columbus Health Department 
Centers for Disease Control
FDA for Med Watch

Educational Information

Ohio Division of EMS 
OhioHealth Emergency Medical Services 
Columbus State Community College
OSU Center for EMS

Educational Videos