Rivers Casino located in Des Plaines has applied to the state to give them permission to make available their own emergency medical services to the customers; thereby lessening the load on fire department largely, as confirmed by Alan Wax- the fire Chief. Two medical experts capable of handling first aid, essential emergency treatments (excluding hospitalization), and preparation of medical reports on computers and verification of patient discharges in each shift will be employed. State is expected to nod its head positively for these services within a few weeks.
This will lead to a 35% to 37% reduction in police and fire calls by the casino and it will be lessened further with the online availability of EMTs. There has been a record of around 1,467 police calls and 232 fire calls since the commencement of casino one year back out of which action was taken by fire department against 20-22 calls. Life support and basic life support was required in 38% and 21% calls respectively.
Police Chief- Mike Kozak informed that a large number of calls out of 1,467 calls answered by the police involved criminal activities. Police officers also helped 210 fire-related calls while there were 110 calls related to drunken people and five of them involved physical assault. He added that police department has sorted out 2.4% of the total number of calls in the whole city during last one year.