Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is a huge part of the Bradley Fire Department. The Bradley Fire Department has two advanced life support (ALS) ambulances staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week with six full time paramedics. The department employs EMTs, paramedics, and field nurses. Paid on call EMS personnel respond to second ambulance calls and also assist with serious calls. The fire department averages 1500 EMS calls every year and the number increases with each year. The ambulance responds to a variety of calls from chest pains to car accidents along with offering care and blood pressure screenings to the individuals that stop by the station and at community events.
Emergency Vehicles Each EMS provider on the Bradley Fire Department has been formally trained through college accredited courses. There are two levels of EMS personnel hired by the Bradley Fire Department. The first level is emergency medical technician basic (EMT-B). An EMT-B performs basic functions in the ambulance such as vital signs, bandaging, and assisting paramedics. This requires six months of classroom and practical training. The student then has to pass a state exam in order to function as an EMT. The next level recognized by the Bradley Fire Department is paramedic. A paramedic performs more advanced medical care such as IVs, intubations, heart monitors, and medication administration. To become a paramedic is an extensive process.
The back of the ambulance. The paramedic program takes four college semesters to complete. Two semesters are spent in classroom and the last two semesters are practicals in the hospital and on the ambulance. At the end of the program the student then takes a states exam to be able to perform as a paramedic. A field nurse is a registered nurse that has been trained to function as a paramedic. Many hours go into training every year for all EMS personnel, so they can be ready for any call they might receive.