Emergency Medical Response and Patient Care is a primary function of the Fire Services Division. It operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week and provides response to 9-1-1 calls with firefighters who are Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT's) and Paramedics. Rapid response to acute medical emergencies improves survivability and decreases pain and suffering for those who have injuries or illness.
Longmont has long maintained the philosophy of providing the best possible services to community members and guests.
Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
All line firefighters are required to hold a current Emergency Medical Technician B certificate. EMTs learn the essential skills to help in life-threatening situations and their education is the foundation for all other levels of provider. EMTs usually complete a course that is about 120 to 150 hours in length. Paramedic courses can be between 1,200 to 1,800 hours. EMT and paramedic courses consist of lectures, hands-on skills training and clinical and/or field internships. EMTs are educated in many skills including CPR, giving patients oxygen, and helping others with treatments for asthma attacks or allergic reactions.
In 2005, fire made a commitment to provide a minimum staffing of at least five Firefighter/Paramedics on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Paramedics have training, skills and certification to administer lifesaving drugs and procedures necessary to increase patient survivability in the field prior to getting to the hospital. Paramedics are the most highly trained of the class of EMTs (Emergency Medical Technicians) working in the U.S. They undergo a rigorous training program in Advanced Life Support (ALS) that enables them to perform life-saving rescue operations.
Longmont Fire Department applies an innovative approach to emergency medicine utilizing a unique public/private cooperative agreement structure designed to provide rapid, consistent and professional Emergency Medical Services to our community. In cooperation with American Medical Response (AMR), Longmont fire provides staffing 24/7 for three full-time ambulances, and two reserve ambulances. In addition to the added benefit of having continuous and consistent ambulance support for the city, all ambulance personnel work and train together with the fire personnel to provide rapid response to acute medical emergencies improving survivability and decreasing pain and suffering for those who have injuries or illnesses.
For additional non-emergency information regarding emergency medical services please email or call (303) 774-4835.