Paramedics provide advanced life support through the use of medications, IV’s, oxygen, electrical defibrillation, heart monitoring and other methods. Two fully equipped rescue squads respond to various medical emergencies and injuries.
The variety of emergency calls range from a simple laceration or delivery of a baby, to a cardiac arrest or severe trauma patient. This variety of requests for service requires the paramedics to utilize all of their skills. Due to the wide range and unpredictable nature of emergency situations, a state of readiness, accompanied with continuous training and review of practical skills is necessary. The paramedic has the responsibility of mastering a variety of complex skills which include; intravenous cannulation, endotrachial intubation, recognition and management of cardiac dysrhythmias, and administration of drugs and intravenous fluids. Continuing competence in all areas is absolutely necessary.
The department's rescue pumpers are also utilized as paramedic engines are engines. They are equipped with ALS equipment. The rescue pumper of the fire department is classified as an ALS engine. Firefighters staffing this vehicle have the ability provide advanced life support first responder services to the community when the rescue squads on other calls