Emergency Medical Services
The emergency medical services (EMS) have become an integral responsibility of the modern day fire department. It is rare that a 911 call for service does not bring with it an associated medical problem.
- Fires can inflict harm to both the occupants inside and the firefighters who respond
- Motor vehicle accidents routinely cause injuries to the individuals involved
- Open space and mountain rescues typically occur because someone has been hurt
- Improper handling of hazardous materials poses an enormous threat to the publics health
In 1982, due to the dynamic, and often unpredictable, nature of emergencies, Rocky Mountain Fire (then, the Cherryvale Fire Protection District) initiated its EMS Operations. The results of which have lead to our present day standard. Every volunteer and career member of our department is both a Colorado State and Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). Each of our engine companies respond with a minimum of three EMTs to every call generated in our district. Several of our members carry advanced certifications, including: IV qualification, CPR instructor, EMT Intermediate and EMT Paramedic. By requiring each of our members to maintain this certification, the public is assured that pre-hospital care is consistently close and quick to respond.
Because of the rapid advancement of information and technology, training and education are key components in assuring that high quality pre-hospital care continues to be delivered to all individuals who enter our district. Continuing Education (CE) classes are offered on three different days each month in order to accommodate each of the department’s shifts and varied schedules. A comprehensive cache of training equipment is maintained to provide real-life, hands-on learning. Additionally, technical rescue scenarios focus around a ‘patient’ who not only must be safely extricated from their environment, but properly cared for in the process. Time and money is also allotted to individuals who may seek educational opportunities in the form of outside courses and/or conferences
But having capable personnel that can compassionately delivery care and treatment is only half of the equation. The current standards of pre-hospital care are mutually dependant on quality equipment and medical supplies. Every vehicle capable of response to an emergency incident is configured with a standard compliment of pre-hospital medical supplies and equipment. An engine company comes equipped with a comprehensive basic life support (BLS) medical kit capable of intravenous therapy and medication administration; an automatic defibrillator; pulse oximetry; spinal immobilization and modern splinting supplies; oxygen and suction equipment to handle multiple patients; and even a teddy bear or two.