Emergency Services Division

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The Emergency Services Division is responsible for the emergency response functions of the department. It is comprised of three sections: Operations, Emergency Medical Services, and Training.

The El Mirage Fire Department Operations Section provides an “All Hazards” response service to the community. The division is staffed with 27 dedicated professionals 24 hours a day. The department is equipped with one front-line, one battalion chief, one low acuity unit and a brush truck.

The El Mirage Fire Department members are trained and prepared to address and mitigate a broad spectrum of emergency situations from structure fires, wild land fires, trauma and medical emergencies, hazardous material incidents, vehicle accidents, swift water and confined space rescue.

FirewebIn addition to emergency response, Operations Members are also responsible for conducting fire prevention inspections in the City of El Mirage; developing pre-fire plans of businesses and apartment complexes; participating in continuing education and skills training; maintaining their equipment and station; participating with community outreach programs.

Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

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All El Mirage Fire Department members are cross trained as either a Paramedic or a Basic Emergency Medical Technician. The department provides the primary emergency medical response and treatment for the community. This service is provided at no cost to the patient.

Essentially we bring the hospital emergency department to your door. Our paramedics provide immediate treatment to stabilize the situation, so by the time the ambulance arrives, the patient is ready for transport to the hospital. Our paramedics continue to provide treatment throughout the transport until the patient is turned over to the hospital emergency department staff.

Patient transportation is contracted with a private ambulance company which does charge fees for service as determined by the Arizona Department of Health Services.

The Emergency Medical Services Division administers and manages the Fire Department's Emergency Medical Services Program to provide the community with professional pre-hospital medical and health services. The following are some of the responsibilities of this division:
  • Act as liaison between the Fire Department, other Emergency Medical Service (EMS) providers and the medical community, including area hospitals. Response to major emergencies to coordinate medical services.
  • Respond to major emergencies to coordinate medical services.
  • Manage certifications and training required for provision of Basic Life Support and Advanced Life Support to the community.
  • Manages the Ambulance Transportation Contract with the Department’s private provider.
  • Coordination of continuing medical education and training within the Fire Department.
  • Coordinates the Infection Control Program through Phoenix Fire Department
  • Evaluate, select, purchase and manage inventories of all medical equipment
  • Operate a Quality Assurance (QA) program for the delivery of emergency medical services
  • Develop policies and procedures dealing with all aspects of emergency medical services
  • Manage medical records
The demands and expectationsDSCN1121.jpg of the fire service have changed significantly throughout the years. Today our members must have the knowledge, skills, and training to deal with the broad spectrum of emergency situations that we are called upon to resolve.

Today’s firefighter must have a working knowledge of building construction, chemistry, hydraulics, fire behavior, forcible entry and extrication techniques, fire investigations, fire prevention principles, hazardous materials, weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, chemical/biological/nuclear events, anatomy & physiology, basic trauma life support, advanced cardiac life support for adults and pediatrics, disease and infection control.

The knowledge and the skills required must be continuously reviewed and hands-on training conducted to remain proficient.

At a minimum the Insurance Service Organization, the organization that sets the community’s fire insurance premiums, require a minimum of 20 hours of on-going training per member every month. This training does not include on-going emergency medical training.

The training program is a dynamic process and is ever evolving. As the community’s needs continue to change so will our training requirements.