Our division's mission is to provide those we serve a safe, modern, efficient emergency ambulance service, while contributing to the common good through research and innovation.
The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Division is responsible for:
- Providing advanced and basic life support for the citizens of Saint Paul
- Recording and compiling data generated by EMS incidents through patient care reports or via the Penbase computer system now being used by the Fire Department
- Coordinating the medical education and training
- Certifying to meet standards required by the State of Minnesota
- Testing new and innovative products
- Evaluating new procedures to stay on the cutting edge of pre-hospital delivery of patient care
Duties and Training
- This Division has 119 Emergency Medical Technicians at the Paramedic level (EMT-P).
- All Department of Fire and Safety Services personnel working in suppression are trained to the Emergency Medical Technician Basic (EMT-B) level or higher.
- Firefighters not assigned to an ambulance serve as first responders that can initiate medical treatment.
- All personnel assigned to ambulances are also assigned to a fire engine to ensure the crew responds in the appropriate apparatus.
- Our department Paramedics / EMTs standby on various events that occur through the City including:
- Minnesota Wild hockey games
- Minnesota State Fair
- Grand Old Days
- Twin Cities Marathon
Dr. R. J. Frascone and Dr. K. Kaye (Co-Medical Directors), of Saint Paul Regions Hospital, provide medical direction and control most of the training for the EMS program.