The Cosumnes Fire Department provides ambulance transportation and pre-hospital emergency medical services to the citizens of Elk Grove and Galt; while also providing transportation services for Wilton, Herald, Courtland, and Walnut Grove. The Fire Department employs 174 Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), 113 of whom, which are all paramedics, and operates seven full-time ambulance companies in order to provide these services, which are all overseen by the Department’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Division.
The EMS Division is managed by an Assistant Chief and supported by an EMS Captain, two EMS Specialists, a Performance and Development Coordinator, an Assistant Performance and Development Coordinator, an Administrative Specialist, and an Administrative Assistant. The EMS Lab, located at the Fire Department’s Training Facility, offers state-of-the-art training equipment for continuing education and training for District and regional EMS providers. The EMS Division also utilizes a Mobile Training Unit designed to bring realistic simulation training to District fire stations in order to help crews minimize the time they are out of their first due response areas.
The Assistant Chief in charge of the EMS Division, is responsible for the following major functions; 1) ambulance transport program; 2) Advanced Life Support engine program; 3) Department Infection Control program; and 4) sub-budget management.
The EMS Captain and EMS Specialists work in a coordinated manner to ensure projects, tasks, and assignments supporting the EMS Division and line operations are completed. These assignments not only support the Fire Department, but EMS functions within the Parks and Recreation and CSD Administration Departments as well. These assignments include, but are not limited to, maintaining supplies, equipment, and technology, as well as providing training such as Stop the Bleed, High Performance CPR, and Lifeguard medical aid transition scenarios. A new function recently added to the Division includes patient advocate representative and care and hospital liaisons.
The Performance and Development Coordinator (PDC), and Assistant Performance and Development Coordinator (APDC), are responsible for maintaining quality improvement of the Advanced Life Support and Basic Life Support programs within the Fire Department. Duties include development and delivery and advanced, topical, and current training in the paramedic program, management of customer service issues within the paramedic program, and maintaining an efficient and effective paramedic peer review program.