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emergency medical services

The Sacramento Fire Department has provided paramedic transport services since 1994. Through its Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Division, its goal is to provide the highest level of public service to the customer.

Paramedic with gurneyThe EMS Division, in concert with other fire departments’ EMS divisions, participates in shaping pre-hospital care through collaboration with the Sacramento County EMS authority, local hospitals, and community organizations. These relationships have allowed the division to meet the needs of the community. Such partnerships have resulted in the development and implementation of high quality patient care, improved recognition and reporting of infant, child and elder abuse, sexual assaults, and domestic violence. Ongoing educational programs, research projects, and publications have also resulted from these affiliations. The EMS Division continues to provide opportunities to paramedic students for preceptorships, which help our community by continuing to bring new paramedics into the EMS System.

EMS Division facilitates the delivery of Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Life Support (ALS) first responder and transportation services. All SFD Firefighter/Paramedics are licensed by the State of California EMS Authority and accredited with SCEMS. Firefighter/EMTs are certified by SCEMS. All accreditation, certification and licensing is in accordance with Division 2.5 of the Health and Safety Code, the California Code of Regulations, Title 22, Division 9, and EMSA policies 2040 and 2050.

All SFD Engine and Truck Companies are utilized as EMS first responders and staffed with Firefighter- EMTs and/or Firefighter- Paramedics. Every first responding unit is at least (BLS) capable. Depending on daily staffing, most of the units provide Advanced Life Support (ALS) paramedic services, including 12-lead ECG monitoring, advanced airway interventions and Advanced Cardiac Life Support medication consistent with the latest American Heart Association guidelines.

Medic units (ambulances) typically operate from their assigned fire stations and primarily cover their designated area. Due to the workload, medic units are frequently dispatched to calls outside their area. SFD currently deploys thirteen 24-hour ALS ambulances and up to three flex ALS ambulances when additional staffing and equipment are available. Each ambulance is staffed by two Firefighters, with at least one also being a licensed Paramedic.

For questions regarding an ambulance service billing, please call 1-800-906-6552.

If you would like to obtain medical or billing records, please complete and submit a Medical Incident Report Request.