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Emergency Response

Time is critical when the fire department is called on to respond to an emergency. Although firefighters may contravene traffic regulations for emergency response, driving quickly to an emergency is very dangerous.

Our truck operator's are responsible to get to the scene safely but it is difficult to quickly bring our large equipment to a stop. Our trucks are LARGE, our lights are bright, and our sirens are loud; but many, many drivers don't yield for emergency traffic.

Public can really help by smoothly pulling over to the right and coming to a stop.

Most of our responses involve multiple emergency vehicles, so check carefully that we are clear. It may be your emergency that we are going to!

Medical Co-Response

In 1997 firefighters were trained to Emergency Medical Responder level and began responding with Paramedics (GPREMS) to increase the level of service of patient care.

Based on information gathered by EMS dispatchers, a card-set is used and protocol determines the response level. Incidents of a more serious nature automatically have a Paramedic unit dispatched with a Rescue unit and Engine each carrying a minimum of 4 firefighters.

EMS personnel can request a co-response at any time. If there are no ambulances available, a co-response unit can be sent out to begin patient care, until an ambulance and crew are ready.

 

Last updated: 2/12/2018 3:02:01 PM