Emergency Medical Services Providers
When it comes to providing EMS to our citizens TVF&R is a leader in the field. Our firefighter medics are highly trained and equipped, and ready to handle any emergency they may encounter.
All of TVF&R's firefighters are licensed Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Providers. At a minimum, firefighters are required to maintain an EMT license. These licenses are maintained through the Oregon Health Authority, EMS Section.
The three levels of licensing maintained by TVF&R firefighters are:
- EMT - 38%
- EMT - Intermediate or Advanced: 4%
- Paramedic: 58%
Our EMS Providers provide patient care and treatment under the direct supervision of the district's Medical Director, Mohamud Daya, M.D., M.S.
Dr. Daya is the EMS Fellowship Director for the Department of Emergency Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University(OHSU).
Training and Equipment
TVF&R firefighter medics are equipped with the latest technology for delivering high quality patient care. One example of that technology is the use of video laryngoscopes for patient intubation. For decades, emergency responders have used direct laryngoscopy to intubate. This technique required the use of a lighted scope and precisely positioning a patient to get the view needed to complete this risky skill. Video laryngoscopy uses fiber optic and digital video camera technology, simplifying intubation because the scope provides a consistently better view of the airway, eliminates the need for a direct line-of-sight view of the vocal cords, and minimizes trauma to surrounding tissues.
The Oregon Medical Board (OMB) determines the scope of practice for Oregon's EMS Providers. The Scope of Practice lists the skills authorized for each licensed level.
Patient Treatment Protocols
To ensure the highest level of patient care, each response unit is staffed with at least one firefighter / EMT-paramedic according to the patient treatment protocols. This is a requirement for each unit, all stations, 24/7.