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MFRD proudly announces that Training Coordinator Jeff Wright was named “Firefighter of the Year” at the Noon Exchange Club of Murfreesboro’s Annual Crime and Fire Prevention Awards Luncheon Thursday at Five Senses restaurant.
Wright received the honor for the numerous contributions he has made throughout his 15-year career with MFRD. Soon after joining MFRD in 2002, Wright, a Paramedic, helped to achieve the department’s goal of responding as Emergency Medical Responders. This included the training of personnel, equipping apparatus, and developing policies and guidelines. Wright served as program coordinator and instructor for the first responder program which started in 2004.
In 2015, Wright joined the Medical Services Division as the Medical Training Coordinator. With Wright’s coordination of many training hours, equipment purchases, and protocol development, MFRD was able to transition to an even higher level of medical response, Advanced-Emergency Medical Technician (A-EMT).
On June 30, 2017, MFRD began responding at the advanced life support (ALS) level to medical calls. This enabled cross-trained firefighter/paramedics to be housed at four of the busiest stations in the city. These stations respond to approximately 75% of all medical related calls in Murfreesboro.
In addition to providing the skills training necessary to make this transition, Wright was also instrumental in the purchase of equipment such as: 12 Zoll cardiac monitors (which can quickly identify a heart attack or other arrhythmias through a 12-lead EKG), advanced airway tubes, and frontline medications to treat life-threatening cardiac events, allergic reactions, and diabetic/insulin shock situations.
“Jeff’s commitment and contributions to emergency medical services has enabled Murfreesboro Fire Rescue employees to make life-saving differences every day,” said Fire Rescue Chief Mark Foulks. “We are very proud to have him serve our department and our citizens.”