The Groveland Fire Department provides non-transporting Emergency Medical Services (EMS) at the First Responder Level. All firefighters are trained to at least the First Responder level. Currently, nine firefighters are certified to the EMT level and one is certified at the paramedic level. GFD is dispatched simultaneously with our contracted ambulance service, Trinity EMS. Almost always, the Fire Department arrives on scene 5-10 minutes before an ambulance. Our EMT’s have the same training as BLS ambulance crews, and therefore can perform initial patient assessment, treat any immediate life threatening illness and/or injury, and prepare the patient for transport. Dual response from the Fire Department with the ambulance decreases initial response times and allows for earlier patient treatment with better outcomes as a result.
Beginning in 2015, significant changes occurred with how EMS is provided by GFD. The department became licensed as an Emergency First Responder (EFR) agency. EMS vehicles carry Epi Pens to treat allergic reactions and Naloxone (Narcan) to reverse the effects of opiate overdoses, and Automated External Defibrillators (AED’s) to assist in cardiac arrests. All EMS vehicles also have been outfitted with new equipment, supplies, and medical bags. Medical operations have been synchronized between both stations to ensure the same quality of care is provided to all residents. A quality improvement system is in place to review medical reports and ensure a high level of care is being provided.
The changes noted above are just the beginning of improved services from GFD. It is the hope of all members that as time goes on, the Groveland Fire Department will grow to be the best pre-hospital EMS provider in the area.
The EMS Division consists of the following personnel:
Captain Richard York, Lt Joseph Santapaola, Lt Daniel Briscoe, Firefighter Kristopher Vallone, and Firefighter Brian Belfiore.