Emergency Medical Services
OUR NEW ADDITION TO THE AMBULANCE FLEET
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The Victoria Fire Department staffs 5 MICU (Mobile Intensive Care Unit) level ambulances on a daily basis. We can staff a 6th through flex staffing if the calls for service exceed the availabilty of the 5 other ambulances.
Of the 114 uniformed employees nearly half have their department of State Health Services EMT-Paramedic certification. Of those there are several that hold the highest level of EMS Certification available--Licensed Paramedic. The remainder of our members hold either an EMT-Intermediate or EMT- Basic certification.
The Victoria Fire Department Emergency Medical Services operate under the auspices of our Medical Director - Dr. John McNeill. He has approved a set of protocols (standing orders) for our medical technicians to follow. While these work for most situations we respond to there are times that the protocols do not cover a particular incident. In that case we can contact On Line Medical Control and receive advice and/or orders from the emergency room physician.
Calls for medical assistance make up nearly 75%-80% of our total call volume annually. Our medical crews respond to everything from the most minor to the most life threatening events. Since they are also firefighters they respond to fire related calls and act as medical support or as firefighters--depending on the needs at that time.
Our team takes great pride in providing the absolute best medical care to our citizens and visitors. We hope that you never have the need for our services but be assured that if you do we are ready to respond with a highly trained and caring staff.