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Decatur Fire Department offers service that helps people who have fallen

Seeing a fire truck in front of a house with no smoke may seem out of the ordinary unless you know who lives at the house.  (Source: Raycom Media) Seeing a fire truck in front of a house with no smoke may seem out of the ordinary unless you know who lives at the house. (Source: Raycom Media)
DECATUR, AL (WAFF) -

Seeing a fire truck in front of a house with no smoke may seem out of the ordinary unless you know who lives at the house.  

It could be an elderly person who has fallen and can't get up.

"When someone falls they call in and tell us it's a fall and then they'll say well no one's injured," said Decatur Fire and Rescue Division's Chief of Operations Janice Johnson, "We just need to be picked up, so we call it a "lift assist".  Anybody is eligible."

Johnson can attest to the program based on Personal experience.   

"I have benefited from that myself on a personal level with my brother years ago when he had a stroke," added Johnson. "And if he fell and I couldn't get to him in time then they would call and the crews would come out and pick him up and put him back in bed."

Johnson said people should not take advantage of this program or take it for granted.   

"We have had folks, due to their circumstances, have called us many times a day, every day and at that point then we refer them to DHR," said Johnson.

So why do we see the big fire trucks making these runs?   

"Most of the times the trucks are going to be closer and we try to have the truck in areas that can be in a very timely manner to get to all areas in the city," Johnson said.

Believe it or not, Johnson said they get a lift call every day and right now the population is getting older.

Johnson said if someone is injured, they will call an ambulance.  

"Usually, it's elderly or someone who has major problems. We don't get too many calls from younger folks," added Johnson.

The Decatur Fire Department isn't the only local fire department to offer a lift assist.  Athens and Huntsville also offer the service if they have the personnel available.  

If you need this program call your local fire department to see if they also offer the service.

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