- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 7, 2015

COMPTON, Calif. (AP) - Los Angeles County regulators have ordered the Compton Fire Department to remove defibrillator machines from fire trucks and ambulances over concerns that firefighters aren’t properly trained to use the lifesaving devices.

The Los Angeles Times reported Monday (https://lat.ms/1S66xBA ) that the action comes after the newspaper disclosed in March that nearly one in four city firefighters lacked a permit to perform emergency medical care - a key credential required by other local fire agencies.

Fire officials were unable to produce paperwork showing firefighters had up-to-date training, and the devices were removed from vehicles last Friday.

Officials say it may take several weeks to train firefighters or verify their credentials.

Compton Fire Chief Jon Thompson says on most 911 calls firefighters will be dispatched with paramedics, who continue to carry defibrillators.


Information from: Los Angeles Times, https://www.latimes.com/

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