Approximately 70% of the fire districts calls for service are EMS in nature. Washington State EMS is built with four certifications for providers and two levels of service. Basic Life Support (BLS) service is provided by Emergency Medical Responders (EMR), Basic Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT-B), Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT-A) and Advanced Life Support is provided by Paramedics (EMT-P or PARA).
Snohomish County Pre-Hospital care operates under EMS Tiered Response System. The district believes the first responder to an emergency incident is the bystander; a family member, coworker, friend or the first person to stop and assist the individual needing help. This citizen first responder provides care and activates the 911 system. The dispatcher will not only dispatch the appropriate EMS units but will give instructions to the "Bystander" assisting the patient.
The district encourages our residents to be trained in Basic First Aid and CPR as they are the true "First Responder" to the incident and in many cases the most important responder. Please consider taking a CPR and First Aid class.
- Washington State Department of Health Resources
Medical Program Directors
The medical program is goverened by two physicians, with one at the county level, and the other at the fire district level. The County Medical Program Director, ensures that all agencies across the county provide emergency care to the same standard and protocols. The Fire District Medical Program Director provides oversight of the county level standards and protocols, and provides the platform for the fire district to provide emergency medical services to the public across their service area.