In this week’s City in 60, South Lake Tahoe Fire and Rescue Captain, Marty Creel fills you in on how South Lake Tahoe Fire Departments have expanded EMS staffing to help reduce response time.
South Lake Tahoe Fire and Rescue added twelve new Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Specialists on December 14th. The increase in staffing now features South Lake Tahoe Fire Rescue as the only fire department in the Tahoe basin to have three (3) firefighters on each engine at all times and two (2) EMS specialists in the ambulance.
A study by the National Institute of standards and Technology (NIST) shows the size of firefighting crews has a substantial effect on the fire services ability to protect lives and property in residential fires. The City of South Lake Tahoe has taken steps to improve its fire and life safety delivery system by increasing the staffing on paramedic engines from 2 to 3 personnel.
The ambulances had previously been posted at South Lake Tahoe Fire Rescue stations 1 and 3 and as of December 14th, both ambulances are now posted at South Lake Tahoe Fire Rescue station 2 which is located at 2951 Lake Tahoe Blvd., just across the street from South Tahoe Middle School centrally located in the middle of town.
Since moving to station 2 the average ambulance response time inside the City has been reduced by 40 seconds. In the event of a medical emergency inside the City Limits an Advanced Life Support Fire Engine or an Advance Life Support Ambulance typically arrives at your emergency within 5 minutes of calling 911.