Arvada Fire Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
The Arvada Fire Protection District answers all calls for Emergency Medical Services within our response boundaries.
Five fire apparatus provide Advanced Life Support (ALS) capability and 3 fire apparatus provide Basic Life Support (BLS) capability. Five ALS ambulances are in service to treat and transport patients to the appropriate hospital for their injury or illness. A sixth ambulance is normally unstaffed but is ready to be placed in service at a moment’s notice during periods of high incident call volume. All of our firefighters are trained to at least the EMT-Basic level with IV certification. Our ALS apparatus and all ambulances are also staffed with a firefighter trained as a paramedic.
The District provides EMS under the guidance of our Physician Adviser, Dr. Jeff Beckman, MD. Our base hospital is Exempla Lutheran Medical Center (ELMC) in Wheat Ridge. ELMC also provides monthly Continuing Medical Education (CME) courses for all AFPD providers. This training is coordinated by Mr. Ron Quaife, NREMT-P and Captain Robert Putfark, NREMT-P.
AFPD units respond equipped with Automatic external Defibrillators (AEDs), electrocardiogram (EKG) monitors, carbon monoxide detectors, as well as a number of medications that save lives in the event of cardiac, respiratory, anaphylactic, and other emergency situations.
AFPD units also carry special rescue equipment to extricate trapped patients involved in motor vehicle collisions. The District’s firefighters are trained to perform rescue techniques with many state of the art tools. Our complement of tools includes the famous “Jaws of Life”.
Arvada EMS providers contribute to the health and welfare of the community in many ways beyond responding to emergencies. Our stations conduct blood pressure and blood sugar checks as a public service. These checks are also conducted monthly at the Apex Senior Recreation Center and at the Arvada Estates Senior Living Community.
CPR and first aid trainings as well as children’s and citizens fire academies that encompass EMS topics are held throughout the year. A safety day held in autumn and an EMS week held in spring provide opportunities for community interaction with District members. The District also participates in the 9 Health Fair each year.
Exceptional service is critically important to us. The District has an active EMS Process Improvement Team. This team evaluates the quality of all aspects of our medical service delivery. The District is proud to include excellent emergency medical care as a crucial component of our mission.