Emergency Medical Services
Each year the Fire Department provides emergency medical care to thousands of patients. All Fire Rescue Technicians are trained as Emergency Medical Technicians, and over half of them are certified as Advanced Life Support (ALS) providers. ALS providers are either Paramedics or Virginia State certified Intermediates. The department staffs four advanced life support ambulances located at county fire stations, and provides staffing support for one ALS ambulance to the James City Volunteer Rescue Squad in the western end of the County.
The EMS section, within the Support Services Division, is responsible for management of in-service education programs for our Fire Rescue Technicians. Management of the EMS section is provided by the EMS Captain. EMS in-service training is conducted regularly for all Fire Rescue Technicians. As a Virginia Office of EMS accredited training site, our EMS training staff is responsible for the management of an annual in-house Intermediate course. This course is required for all recruits who are not certified and is offered not only to incumbent Fire Rescue Technicians, but also to EMS providers working for other local jurisdictions. The EMS section maintains a wide array of highly advanced equipment for training and skills development such as hi-fidelity simulators from infant through adult. The EMS section plays a key role in providing support to the Operations Division by supervising EMS Lieutenants assigned to each shift, providing for a comprehensive service quality assurance program, managing the department infection control program and making sure Federal and State Agency Licensure requirements are met.