Apparatus & Equipment, Fire EMS

OH Fire Department Changes EMS Response Protocol

The Colerain (OH) Fire Department has made an adjustment to how it responds to some medical emergency calls.

Since March 1, when a call comes in that may require advanced life support, such as a cardiac incident or possible stroke, the fire department now sends a fire engine and a transport vehicle, according to a report on ( Previously, the department would send transport and paramedic “chase vehicles.”

Captain Steve Conn, the Colerain public information officer, says three out of the five stations in the township do not have squads, therefore it makes more sense to send fire apparatus, which will likely result in faster medical treatment and emergency hazard mitigation.

Read additional details about the change and its potential impact at

For more on fire-based emergency medical service (EMS), consider Fire-Based EMS : Patient Assessment: The 360° View, Firefighting and EMS: Pumped Up, Fired Up, Motivated! and Medical Calls and First-Due Firefighters.