Emergency Medical Services
When a medical emergency arises, members of the fire department are trained to provide care at the advanced life support (paramedic) level. Participating in the State of Illinois EMS Region 8, there are 21 paramedics and 2 emergency medical technicians who provide services utilizing two fully equipped ambulances under the direction of the Good Samaritan Hospital EMS System. Once services are provided, emergency medical providers then transport to one of the closest hospitals. These hospitals include Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, Adventist LaGrange Memorial Hospital, Loyola University Medical Center, Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, and Hines VA Hospital.
When responding to a medical emergency, Fire Department personnel always respond with two paramedics and the paramedic ambulance. Depending on the location and nature of the emergency medical call, additional personnel respond to assist when necessary. Either two members can respond with a fire engine or one member can respond with a utility vehicle. This arrangement not only provides enough personnel to the initial emergency but also leaves personnel available for additional emergency calls.
In 2014, approximately 40% of all the department's calls were for emergency medical services. Our Village ambulance service is intended for emergency use only and does not provide routine transportation to and from the hospital. If there is any doubt that a medical emergency exists, paramedics will respond to evaluate the situation.
For any questions about billing please contact:
Andres Medical Billing
PO Box 457
Wheeling, IL 60090