Approximately 70 percent of the Fire Department's emergency responses are EMS related. All firefighters are certified Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT), and over 35 staff members are certified as paramedics. The Westminster Fire Department (WFD) has provided paramedic level response since 1976 and is one of the most respected Emergency Medical Response Systems (EMS) in the metro area.
Ongoing training and certification are critical components to a successful Emergency Medical Response System. Paramedics are Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certified, and many are Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certified. WFD paramedics and EMTs operate under the medical direction of Centura Health/St. Anthony's Hospital and the Denver Metro EMT and paramedic protocols. Many Westminster paramedics also serve as EMS instructors at local colleges and hospitals.
The Westminster Fire Department has provided ambulance transport since 1991. The Fire Department has four front line ambulances and two reserve ambulances that transport over 5,000 patients a year. A fifth frontline ambulance is activated when needed. All ambulances are staffed with at least one paramedic and the department transports to all area hospitals. Ambulance personnel are cross-trained as firefighters to respond to both fire and EMS calls.
Westminster Fire Department paramedics on the ambulance also serve as field trainers for student riders in the area. The Westminster Fire Department offers an emergency ambulance membership program called Westminster Med for citizens to help with the expense of ambulance transport.
Advance Life Support (ALS) Engines
The Westminster Fire Department staffs some of the engine companies with paramedics. This allows for the quickest possible response to get ALS care to an emergency scene. All Westminster Fire Department engines have a full compliment of ALS medical equipment. The average response time for an advanced life support engine is 4 minutes and the average response time for an ambulance is 5 minutes.