Emergency Medical Services
Division Chief Brian Gimbel
The Lockport Township Fire Protection District provides 24 hour Emergency Medical Services 7 days a week. Our Advanced Life Support services are provided under the guidance of the Silver Cross EMS System at Silver Cross Hospital. Our EMS personal are Paramedics, licensed with the Illinois Department of Public Health. Paramedics must obtain a minimum of 100 hours of continuing education over a 4-year period to become re-licensed.
LTFPD EMS personnel respond to emergencies with a full fleet of emergency vehicles including 6 Advanced Life Support (ALS) Ambulances with state of the art life saving equipment. We also staff 5 ALS Engines that respond to emergencies as well as an ALS Ladder Tower and an ALS Off Road “Gator”.
In 2018, our EMS personnel responded to over 7636 EMS calls. The LTFPD also requires that its Paramedics have a minimum Firefighter II certification from the State of Illinois. Having personnel with this high level of training translates into a greater level of service at the scene of an emergency. Our paramedics are trained in all areas of life support as well as operations such as vehicle extrication.
Our apparatus are stocked with some of the most advanced life saving technology available to date. LTFPD has implemented the use of 12-Lead ECG monitoring to assure the highest level of care for our cardiac patients. Our paramedics have the ability and technology to send a 12-Lead to the hospital for rapid review by a physician allowing a faster transition directly to the Cardiac Catheter Lab, which can be a vital time saver, and a determining factor in the survival of a cardiac patient. We have also implemented state of the art Zoll Cardiac Monitors for patient care. LTFPD also can provide CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) to patients with respiratory distress. This provides a shorter recovery period for patients.
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