Our Emergency Medical Services (EMS) system is composed of the following:
7 Advanced Life Support Transport Units
8 Advanced Life Support Non transport Vehicles
5 Reserve Transport Units
1 Non Transport Supervisor Vehicle
1 Boat Unit
Advanced Life Support
Advanced Life Support (ALS) Competitions have been part of the ongoing training for Boca Raton Fire Rescue Service Paramedics. Our Paramedics have been competing and attending Advanced Life Support events since 1981. Training events such as these help us to share ideas, learn new techniques, test new equipment, and develop new medical protocols which enable us to deliver the highest quality emergency medical care to the citizens we serve.
Origins of ALS
Boca Raton Fire Rescue Services Department initiated Advanced Life Support service in July of 1974. As of January 1994 medical transportation to area hospitals was added to our service delivery profile.
The Department has received numerous awards over the years recognizing the quality of our Emergency Medical Services System. Paramedics from the department have been recognized by the Florida Emergency Medical Foundation, and the International Rescue and Emergency Care Association for their technical achievements at international ALS and BLS competitions.
Our EMS public information program was selected in 1996 by the State of Florida as the "EMS Public Information Program of the Year". The International Association of Fire Chiefs presented the Department and Boca Raton Regional Hospital an "Award for Excellence" recognizing our community health partnership initiatives.
Every ALS transport unit is staffed with multiple paramedics at all times. A minimum of one paramedic is also assigned to each engine company. State-of-the-art Advanced Life Support equipment is carried on each unit, whether it is a transport or non-transport unit. This equipment includes cardiac monitor / defibrillators.