The National City Fire Department implemented its Paramedic Program on January 3, 2007.
The National City Fire Department works closely with American Medical Response (AMR), a private ambulance provider, to serve the public with a cost-effective level of service. Fire department personnel typically arrive on scene first to provide basic and advanced life support services. When paramedic ambulance crews from AMR arrive to provide advanced life support services, fire department personnel regularly assist ambulance crews to provide quality care to the patient
The Department enhanced its services by upgrading from Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) level to Paramedic (EMT-P). All fire suppression personnel are trained to the Emergency Medical Technician-Defibrillation (EMT-D) level and are required to maintain their skills through regularly scheduled training.
In most instances, depending on staffing levels, the Department will provide a Paramedic on both Engine 34 and Engine 31, and Truck 34 along with paramedic ambulances from American Medical Response. The ultimate goal of the Paramedic Program is to always have at least one National City Fire Department Paramedics on Engine 31, Engine 34 and Truck 34. All engine companies are equipped with automatic defibrillation units.
All costs associated with the implementation and ongoing operation of the enhanced Paramedic Program is reimbursed by American Medical Response. No additional City staff is required and the ambulance transportation system does not require a City revenue subsidy.
City Hall, 1243 National City Blvd, National City, California 91950 | Phone: (619) 336-4241 Fax: (619) 336-4239