El Paso Fire Department Emergency Medical Support Program’s Mission is to provide emergency medical pre-hospital treatment and transportation to the community in order to reduce morbidity and mortality. Deliver patients to definitive care in a timely and fiscally responsible manner.
The Medical Division is known as the Emergency Medical Support Program and is part of the Capital Assets and Personnel Services Division.
The City currently staffs 27 full-time Mobile Intensive Care Unit (MICU) ambulances, four peak-time transport ambulances and four Flex Rescues, for a total of 34 ambulances. Additionally, the El Paso Fire Department is committed to staffing our fire apparatuses at the Advanced Life Support (ALS) level with paramedic personnel. Currently, 65% of fire apparatuses are staffed at paramedic level.
El Paso Emergency Medical Support Program not only provides pre-hospital care to the citizens and visitors of the community, but also participates in special operations. The Emergency Medical Support Program provides medical surveillance and rehabilitation for public safety employees on the scene of large incidents in order to reduce work place injuries and illnesses. Emergency Medical Support Program also participates in search and rescue missions and training with the Combined Search and Rescue (ComSAR) team in order to provide the community with wilderness medical care. Bike patrol teams provide rapid medical response to citizens during large special events.
The El Paso Fire Department participates in training and public education activities in order to educate the public on injury prevention and CPR and participates in professional organizations in order to continue to develop and improve the role of pre-hospital care within the region.