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Monday, June 29, 2009

Graton Fire Department Delivers Baby

Sunday, June 28th, 2009 at 9:35pm - Brand new Gratonian!

At 9:35pm last night, Graton Fire responded to a residence in downtown Graton for a mother in labor. As the firefighters walked into the house, the baby was already partially delivered! The baby was breech; after the firefighters completed the delivery of the head, they began resuscitation efforts as the baby did not start breathing immediately. The Sonoma Life Support Ambulance showed up very quickly and everyone worked as a team to get mom and baby into the ambulance. Two Graton firefighters assisted the paramedic with the baby’s care all the way to the hospital.

Delivering a baby is something that Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) are trained to do, but it rarely actually happens. “This was an exciting event for all of us, very different from the typical medical emergencies we respond to,” said Deputy Chief Bill Bullard, who was on the call. “I have been an EMT for 23 years and this was a first.” As of last night, the mother and new baby boy were doing well.

Graton Fire also sends a huge thank you to the Cal Fire engine that was nearby and responded; they did a great job.

Bill Bullard, Deputy Chief
Graton Fire Protection District
3205 Ross Road, P.O. Box A
Graton, CA 95444
707-823-5515 ext. 3
707-823-7251 fax

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