Rescue / Emergency Medical Services

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All SSFD emergency response vehicles are licensed as first responder units with the state – an engine, truck or rescue unit may respond to your medical call in addition to an ambulance.

  • First responder units operate with two to four firefighters (FF) with EMS certification up to the paramedic level.
  • Engines and trucks operate with a minimum three-person FF/EMT Crew.
  • ONLY engines and trucks can manage a fire call; additional resources are sent if needed.
  • The closest available appropriate unit will be dispatched to your emergency call.
  • A basic life support medical call (BLS) will usually have a rescue unit with two people and an ambulance; more crews are called if needed.
  • An advanced life support (ALS) call may have two fire units with five-six people total and an ambulance; more crews are called if needed.

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