Our current Fire Department paramedic deployment is not efficient and costly.
Fire Department Paramedic Deployment
Paramedic deployment has evolved substantially in Fountain Valley due to the increase in 9-1-1 calls. In the early 70’s, Firefighter/paramedics were deployed as a two person crew on a van with both fire engines at each station as a basic life support (BLS) resource. Station one housed the paramedic van, which left station two with long response times for paramedics and advance life support (ALS). For this reason, in the early 90’s, staff completed a fire department resource deployment analysis and eliminated the paramedic van placing one paramedic on an engine at station one and the other at station two. This simple reshuffle of personnel doubled the paramedic ALS capacity and faster response times throughout the city. The arrangement also enabled the following benefits to the community:
1. 100% increase in ALS service
2. Decrease in the amount of emergency vehicles responding code 3 through the city
3. Increase the work capacity of the crew- more efficient, decrease in mortality, and increase property conservation
4. Provide redundant emergency response capacity
Approximately 25 years later, the amount of 9-1-1 calls more than doubled since 1990. In 2015, the fire department responded to 6,500 emergency calls with more than 5,000, or approximately 85% being medical emergencies. However, it is important to note that many of those medical emergencies also required some sort of rescue efforts. For example, a person involved in a traffic accident and needs extrication from their vehicle prior to receiving medical attention. This increased call load prompted staff again to evaluate the fire department’s deployment model to ensure that the community continues to receive rapid all-risk emergency service including ALS medical care. Therefore, the Truck Company, or otherwise known as “the hook-and-ladder,” was upgraded with paramedics. This upgrade in emergency medical capacity had a small annual financial impact, but a significant increase in service to the community. Today, all fire apparatus within Fountain Valley have paramedic ALS capability, are trained to respond to all-risk emergencies, and are OSHA compliant to instantly enter Immediately Dangerous to Life and Health (IDLH) atmospheres for fire suppression without waiting for other crews to arrive at scene. Staff recognizes that there are other deployment models; however, Fountain Valley Fire Department’s current deployment model is efficient and designed to provide cost efficient emergency services to the community.

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1. Are cities liable to maintain certain levels of public safety staffing?
2. The City of Fountain Valley requires Loco Lemon to pay $3,500 in license and permit fees?
3. Our current Fire Department paramedic deployment is not efficient and costly.
4. Questions have arisen about the need for overtime paid in the Police and Fire Departments.
5. The Mike Thompson’s Recreational Vehicle Superstore was a bad deal for the City.
6. The Police Department says electronic billboards are not a driving distraction.
7. Every business in town is required to have a conditional use permit in order to operate.
8. An article in the Orange County Register that appeared in the Dec. 18 Local section, included the headline, “Fountain Valley delays vote on LED billboard.”
9. In the same article, it is stated: “In October, then-mayor Nagel announced that he would cast a no vote due to concerns that the billboard could jeopardize the nearby Crossings development the city.
10. The proposed Clear Channel Outdoor Electronic Billboard is illegal according to the City’s Municipal Code.
11. Existing Businesses will be pushed out of the proposed Fountain Valley Crossings Specific Plan area if the new zoning is adopted.
12. The proposed Fountain Valley Crossings Specific Plan is being pushed on the city by a San Francisco developer and the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG).