Response Cars & Medic Units
In 2017, our crews responded to 49,211 incidents. Of these, 33,390 were emergency medical calls such as motor vehicle crashes with injuries, childbirth, cardiac arrest, stroke, falls and broken bones. In addition to our engine and truck companies with one or more paramedics, TVF&R has additional apparatus that help us respond to the growing number of medical calls in a cost-effective and sustainable manner.
TVF&R has nine frontline medic units. These units are staffed with two paramedics, carry advanced life support equipment and tools, and — as licensed ambulances — can transport patients when needed or requested by Metro West in Washington County or AMR in Clackamas County.
Beginning in July 2016, an expansion of contract services into Yamhill County included TVF&R's assumption of the Newberg Ambulance Service Area, which includes all 911 emergency ambulance transports and non-emergent ambulance transports within the ASA.
Medic units respond to critical medical emergencies such as chest pain and breathing problems, assaults, overdose, pregnancy problems, seizures and strokes. These are based at fire stations throughout the district. Medic units are deployed either 24 hours a day, Tuesday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., or Friday through Monday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
TVF&R has six frontline cars. The car — staffed by one paramedic — is a cost-effective option for responding to situations that don’t require a traditional fire engine and four-person crew. The car is outfitted with basic equipment and supplies, and a data terminal with computerized response maps and instantaneous information on every 911 call.
Cars respond to Code 3 medical calls and structure fires in their first-due areas. As a nimbler resource, cars are dispatched in addition to a truck, engine, or medic unit to get to the incident quicker and initiate efforts to stop the progression of an emergency while additional personnel are en route to the scene.
Additionally, cars respond to non life-threatening medical and public service calls such as abdominal pain, ground-level fall, headache, odor investigation, sick person, fire alarms, and smoke detector problems. They are deployed Tuesday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.