The EMS Divisions Administrative Offices are located at Central Fire Station, 701 St. Francis Street. District Chief James Cox supervises this division, which is responsible for the administration of medical reports, maintenance and renewing of all medical licenses held by Department personnel, and inventory and distribution of controlled drugs. This division is also responsible for arranging medical coverage for more than 300 special events in the City of Mobile, including Mardi Gras, football and baseball games, the Azalea Trail Run, the Greater Gulf State Fair, and many other City-sponsored events.
Since 1975, the Mobile Fire-Rescue Department has been the lead EMS agency in our community by providing paramedical services. In 1991, MFRD added ambulatory transport capabilities to our medical armamentarium. The Firemedic Division provides pre-hospital/basic and advanced life support management of acute illness or injury through aggressive field stabilization and rapid transport to the appropriate medical facility; offers support services to other divisions of the Department.
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The core of our EMS program is comprised of nationally registered Paramedics that are assigned to our eleven (11) advanced life support transport units. These units are stocked with the most advanced, prehospital, medical equipment and pharmaceuticals available. Overall, the Mobile Fire-Rescue Department has 148 nationally registered Paramedics assigned to engine companies and rescue ambulance Units. These personnel are also certified as Firefighters and are used in a dual role capacity, greatly improving the efficiency of our emergency service system.
In the Fall of 2004, MFRD added the application of 12 Lead electrocardiography to our rescue ambulance units. This technology provides immediate data to the paramedic that helps to determine whether or not the patient is actually having a heart attack. Until now this technology was only available in the hospital. With the addition of Bluetooth technology the information is then relayed to the Emergency Department prior to the patient's arrival, greatly facilitating the ER Physician's decision to use thrombolytic therapy upon arrival.
All of these innovations combined with the essential training are dramatically reducing the door-to-cath time in patients who are experiencing acute myocardial infarction. The MFRD continues to be the trend setting Fire Agency in the State of Alabama and in 2006 were granted a variance to add the EZ-IO drill.
The EMS Division can be reached at (251) 208-7351.