Fire EMS, Firefighting, Leadership

Improving Outcomes for a High-Frequency, Low-Risk Patient Group

Issue 5 and Volume 168.

By KYLE CARMAN Tempe (AZ) Fire Medical Rescue Department (TFMRD) is the primary emergency medical services (EMS) provider for the city’s 170,000 residents. TFMRD is a six-station department that boasts eight engines and two ladder companies as the foundation of its fleet. The department responded to 21,772 calls in 2013. Service is delivered through an all-hazards response [advanced life support (ALS) and basic life support (BLS), hazardous materials, dive rescue, and technical rescue] that includes third-party private medical transportation. As a partner in the Phoenix metropolitan automatic aid system, the City of Tempe provides state-of-the-art 911 emergency response coverage. Emergency calls in Phoenix and surrounding areas are dispatched from the Phoenix (AZ) Fire Department Regional Dispatch Center. Despite city boundaries, the closest and most appropriate units are assigned to the call (based on the automatic vehicle locator). Initial Discussions for Change In 2013, TFMRD and other city stakeholders held initial…

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