In 6 minutes, Yarmouth Fire Department helps deliver baby, arrives at hospital

Emergency crews also simultaneously responded to an overdose, officials said.

Yarmouth first responders helped deliver a baby girl and drove her and her mother to the hospital Monday night all within six minutes of arriving on scene, officials said.

Authorities say the caller was on the way to the hospital when it became clear his pregnant passenger was going to give birth before they could make it there.

His call came in just as crews were responding to a report of an overdose around 9 p.m. — one of several emergency medical calls officials were simultaneously handling, according to a statement from the Yarmouth Police Department.

“The caller pulled over to the side of the road and was relieved to see a fire engine and ambulance driving towards him,” the statement says. “What he didn’t know is that they were responding just past his location for the critical overdose medical call.”


After the caller waved frantically at the passing vehicles, one of the firefighters was sent to investigate, and, upon learning of the imminent birth, officials split the crews to tend to both situations, according to first responders.

Seconds after the woman was placed in the ambulance, she gave birth to a healthy baby girl, police said. From the moment firefighters arrived on scene to the ambulance’s arrival at Cape Cod Hospital, the entire response and birth happened in a mere six minutes, authorities said.

According to officials, both the baby and mother are well. The overdose victim survived and was also brought to the hospital, police said.