EMS

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Rules and Procedures

  • Follow traffic laws to a reasonable extent
  • Do not use code (lights and sirens) unless responding to an emergency call
  • Wear proper EMS related attire while on duty.
  • Do not use personal vehicles while on duty.
  • Do not use EMS provided ambulances while off duty.
  • Do not commit any crimes, or aid in any crimes while on duty
  • Alert police to any serious crimes you see being actively committed.
  • Do not notify police of any recent drug use by patients, that is patient privacy protected health care information and is not to be shared with any outside parties.
  • Avoid carrying firearms while on duty, tasers and flashlights are encouraged.
  • Refill your med-kits and bandages whenever possible to try and stay full.
  • Try and keep yourself busy and maintain RP during downtime.
  • All junior EMT’s must be accompanied by a senior EMT unless given permission to ride solo prior to shift.
  • Chain of command is Junior EMT > EMT > Senior EMT > EMT Supervisor > Medical Director.
  • You have a Duty to Act, an obligation to provide care to patients when it is within your capabilities.
  • Be professional but have fun
  • Do not use helicopters while on duty, the current risk they prove does out outweigh the benefits.
  • You can use the ambulance to transport patients to destinations, do not use the ambulance as a taxi. Civilian “ride alongs” are permitted if approved by leadership EMS.

On Scene Duties

  • Your safety is priority, do not enter a dangerous scene until secured by police, make contact with the police before approaching a patient and ensuring there is no current threat. This is known as your “Scene size up”
  • Upon a scene being deemed safe, and it becomes a medical or trauma situation you are in charge of the scene.
  • Do not treat patients in roadways unless necessary, move all ambulatory patients to sidewalks as soon as possible.
  • When receiving a call attempt to notify the caller that you are responding with a text back.
  • Introduce yourself to the patient(s) and get their information in return.
  • Treat patients in order of most serious perceived injury.
  • Do not let a patient leave immediately after resuscitation, remind they they just had a serious injury, and need further treatment before leaving.

Radio Call-signs

From the perspective of control, each unit is represented by an numeric callsign based on department. The following are the formats for each department:

Trainee: 51+
All Other Units: 11-49