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In 1972, the Palatine Fire Department became one of the first Departments in the State of Illinois to provide its citizens with advanced life support ambulances and paramedics to staff those ambulances. The first paramedic class was established at Northwest Community Hospital and the Palatine Fire Department had 4 members attend and receive their paramedic license. Since 1972, the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Division has grown to include 86 licensed Paramedics operating 4 front-line (and one fully equipped reserve) advanced life support (ALS) ambulances from stations throughout the Village of Palatine. In addition to front line ambulances, our fire apparatus are equipped with a compliment of ALS equipment, including medications and an AED.
The Palatine Fire Department responds to approximately 7,200 calls each year with 65% of those calls being emergency medical service (EMS) calls.
Palatine paramedics work under guidelines established by the Northwest Community Emergency Medical Services System
and work closely with the Emergency Room doctors.
Paramedic training consists of approximately 2 years of classroom and practical experience. Continuing Education is an important part of the EMS program. Palatine paramedics must attend monthly EMS in-station training provided by instructors from Northwest Community Hospital and are required to pass exams at the end of each class in order to maintain their licensure from the Illinois Department of Public Health
. Palatine paramedics must maintain proficiency in many life saving techniques including IV insertion, drug administration, CPR, EKG monitoring and interpretation, defibrillation, and endotracheal intubation (mechanical breathing though a tube inserted into the trachea).
In addition, Palatine paramedics often volunteer to field test new devices and procedures for the EMS system; continuing our goal to provide the best care possible to its residents. In the last couple years, Palatine paramedics have tested and implemented such devices and techniques as 12 Lead EKG Monitoring, the EZ IO (IV insertion into the lower leg), Capnography, CPAP, ResQ Pod, and the Auto Vent system (automatically provides ventilations to a patient), just to name a few.
Palatine paramedics respond to a myriad of situations including, but not limited to, heart attacks, ill persons, difficulty breathing, falls, burns, vehicle accidents and traumatic injury type calls. Palatine responds with an ambulance and a fire apparatus (engine, tower, quint or squad) to emergency calls in order to provide the best care possible. Personnel on our fire apparatus are also paramedics and can respond and provide the same quality care as the personnel on our ambulances. All of our apparatus are also equipped with paramedic equipment. This allows personnel on the fire crews to provide advanced life support to a patient in the event the closest ambulance is already providing care to our residents.
Paramedics must transport patients to the closest hospital per Illinois Law, but with permission from Medical Control we can transport to the following hospitals depending on the emergency:
To obtain a copy of an Emergency Medical Services Report, please call our main office at (847) 202-6340, Monday – Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
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