Emergency Medical Services Updated: Apr 5, 2022

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Michael Glaze
Battalion Chief
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Fire departments nationwide ceased being just “fire departments” in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, once EMS was added to what would be a growing list of responsibilities for first responders.

An even bigger spotlight was put on fire departments and EMS when the 1970’s television show “Emergency!” brought paramedic responses and capabilities into everyone’s living room.

Approximately 85% of all responses by SFSFR are for medical emergencies, including heart attacks, breathing problems, strokes, diabetic issues, drug overdoses, pregnancy / child birth, and traumatic injuries.

SFSFR staffs a two-person paramedic squad at Station 4 to handle Advanced Life Support and critical injuries. The paramedics are supported by all other personnel who are certified as emergency medical technicians (EMTs), which can treat less-severe medical issues.

Paramedic units from other fire departments can be requested into SFS if more than one medical emergency occurs in the city.

SFSFR employs a Nurse Educator to provide the required continuing education classes for our paramedics and EMT’s to maintain their skills and certifications, and to evaluate our patient treatment and documentation for quality assurance.

All paramedics and EMT’s utilize medical treatment protocols that are drafted, approved and evaluated by the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services.

Ambulance transportation in SFS is provided by Falck Ambulance, a private company under contract with the city.