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Emergency Medical Services

Matt Simpson, Assistant Chief - Emergency Medical Services Branch
Our division's mission is to provide those we serve a safe, modern, efficient emergency ambulance service, while contributing to the common good through research and innovation.

The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Division is responsible for:
  • Providing advanced and basic life support for the citizens of Saint Paul
  • Recording and compiling data generated by EMS incidents through patient care reports or via the Penbase computer system now being used by the Fire Department
  • Coordinating  the medical education and training
  • Certifying to meet standards required by the State of Minnesota
  • Testing new and innovative products
  • Evaluating new procedures to stay on the cutting edge of pre-hospital delivery of patient care

Duties and Training
  • This Division has 119 Emergency Medical Technicians at the Paramedic level (EMT-P).
  • All Department of Fire and Safety Services personnel working in suppression are trained to the Emergency Medical Technician Basic (EMT-B) level or higher.
  • Firefighters not assigned to an ambulance serve as first responders that can initiate medical treatment.
  • All personnel assigned to ambulances are also assigned to a fire engine to ensure the crew responds in the appropriate apparatus.
  • Our department Paramedics / EMTs standby on various events that occur through the City including:
    • Minnesota Wild hockey games
    • State Fair
    • Taste of Minnesota
    • Grand Old Days
    • The Twin City Marathon

Dr. R. J. Frascone and Dr. K. Kaye (Co-Medical Directors), of Saint Paul Regions Hospital, provide medical direction and control most of the training for the EMS program.

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