|The City of Chula Vista Fire Department launched its Advanced Life Support (ALS) program in July and already is seeing more efficient use of resources. The ALS program places at least one Firefighter/Paramedic on the majority of the City’s engines that respond to a medical emergency or fire.
Six of the City’s nine fire stations now have Firefighter/Paramedics with the goal of having all nine stations fully staffed by Firefighter/Paramedics by the end of 2014.
The benefit of paramedic level care on first responder units is more timely advanced evaluation, treatment, and greater resources for the most critical patients. The Chula Vista Fire Department has forged a strong working relationship with our paramedic transport provider to bring the best care to the citizens that we serve.
Chula Vista is successfully implementing the program by providing education and training to current firefighters so they can be certified as paramedics and by ensuring all new hires are trained as Firefighter/Paramedics.
“We can now provide the highest level of care to the majority (85%) of the calls for service we respond to,” said Fire Chief Dave Hanneman.
Until all fire stations have Firefighter/Paramedics on staff, the City continues to contract with American Medical Response Ambulance Service to provide paramedic services more rapidly in those areas of the city.
Posted: December 18, 2013