How Our Paramedic System Works
large_Paramedic assessing a patient.jpgThe Garden Grove Fire Department provides paramedic and emergency medical service to the community through three different configurations. Paramedic service is provided by firefighters licensed as paramedics by the State of California Emergency Medical Service Authority. In addition to the paramedics, the department also has firefighters certified as emergency medical technicians. The three configurations utilize trained personnel to staff Paramedic Units, Paramedic Assessment Units, and Basic Life Support units.

The paramedic unit is staffed by a crew of four firefighters, with two firefighter/paramedics on board, and is licensed to provide advanced life support treatment and transport patients in need of advanced care. The department has three paramedic units staffed through two paramedic engine companies and one paramedic squad located respectively at fire stations 1, 2, and 5.

The paramedic assessment unit is staffed by a crew of three firefighters, with one firefighter/paramedic on board, and is licensed to initiate advanced life support treatment. This configuration provides paramedic level assessment and treatment, but requires the addition of a paramedic unit to continue care and transport as necessary. The department has four paramedic assessment unit engine companies located respectively at fire stations 3, 4, 6, and 7.

The third configuration is an engine and truck company with all firefighters certified as emergency medical technicians. The BLS unit is capable of providing basic life support assessment and treatment that includes CPR, defibrillation with AED, and advanced first aid. The department has two BLS units both located at fire station 1.