Historically, the Fire Department has only offered a Basic Life Support (BLS) level of service when it comes to treating patients. The firefighters provide an exceptional service, but they are limited on the ability to provide critical treatments to patients. A paramedic will be able to provide a wide scope of treatments and interventions that will dramatically improve the outcomes for patients who suffer from life threatening illnesses and injuries, such as heart attacks, strokes, respiratory conditions, diabetic issues, or patients who may have suffered broken bones or other injuries that cause great pain.
The paramedic service has, prior to now, only been provided by either private ambulance services or our partners from Joint Base Lewis McChord Fire Department.
“Since I was hired in June 2021, I have been astonished to watch our EMT’s transport patients to area hospitals without critical medical interventions that paramedics can provide. This is a significant accomplishment for our community and department,” said Brad Martin, Fire Chief. Chief Martin has been able to implement this program and make it sustainable.
“We are exceptionally proud of the fact that we now have paramedic services for our community. This is being done within our current budget and without raising taxes. The first paramedic reported for duty on May 2nd and the next one will be on June 1st. Two more will follow later this year. I appreciate the tireless efforts of Chief Martin to make this vision a reality,” said Mayor Ronald Frederick.
To view the entire press release, please click here.