The fundamental goal of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Division is to deliver the highest quality medical care with compassion to all community members that are in need. The department accomplishes this goal with ongoing training and highly motivated Firefighters that are certified, and licensed as Emergency Medical Technicians, and Paramedics. Each Paramedic Engine is staffed with a minimum of 2 Paramedics and a minimum of 1 Paramedic is assigned to the Paramedic Assessment Truck. The department is continually working to improve our level of service to the community by using the most progressive and up to date equipment and medical treatments. Some of the most recent advancement to our service level is the inclusion of 12 lead ECG capabilities and the use of Continuous Positive Air Pressure (CPAP). With the advancement of 12-Lead EKG’s, Paramedics can detect a probable Heart attack in the field, deliver life-saving care, and improve the recovery of the heart attack victim; as well as, reduce the likelihood of patients experiencing difficulty breathing from being intubated.
The EMS Division of the Fire Department is maintained by the Paramedic Coordinator, and is supported by a contracted Nurse Educator. The objective of the EMS staff is to coordinate all aspects of compliance with state and local authorities, and train all fire personnel to current standards to maintain licensing requirements and most importantly provide the best medical service to the citizens of Montebello.
The demands placed on the departments Emergency Medical Services continue to rise with the ongoing changes to the health care system. The staff of the EMS Division continually reviews the needs of our community, and will be well placed to serve the community in the future.