Whitewater will see the vast majority of situations described in your typical EMS textbook. With the coverage area of 120 square miles, Whitewater Fire Department EMS Division covers both urban and rural territory, with many group homes, elderly care facility and of course, the university. With this wide range of age and lifestyle comes a wide range of calls.
When there is a car accident, you will hear crash crew (Technical Rescue) dispatched with the rescue squad. Rescue sends two ambulances to every car accident. The crash crew is responsible for the car and safety of the first responders while rescue is responsible for the care of the patient and stand by to assist the primary crew with patient sign offs or to support crash/tech rescue. We work together on the scene, but crash crew runs the extrication equipment. EMTs will not approach a vehicle until it has been stabilized by crash crew. It is absolutely imperative to wear full crash gear when on scene of a car accident especially when near a vehicle (there is crash gear available in the ambulance bay for new members). This is a safety issue and the safety of our EMTs is our first priority.
An ambulance is to respond to all fire calls non emergent unless directed otherwise. 1280 is the designated fire ambulance. If there is a fire call within city limits the primary on duty crew will respond, with the full duty crew, with the first out ambulance. If the fire call is outside the city, 1280 with an off duty crew (or second out crew) will respond. While on a fire scene, EMTs are expected to conduct rehabilitation for the firefighters. This means having water ready, a bucket with cool, wet towels, monitoring of vital signs, and a cool-down area. Remember, when EMTs are on a fire scene, they are under the direction of the Incident Commander (usually one of the fire chiefs). You will check in with the fire chiefs and fulfill their requests. If the ambulance is responding to a fire alarm, the ambulance is technically on stand-by for any firefighter or citizen need.
PnB – Pulseless, Not Breathing
If you are dispatched to a PnB, you should request that Tech Rescue and a paramedic service be dispatched to the scene. Technical Rescue is requested to provide additional manpower to assist moving the patient, taking notes and more