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Emergency Medical Services

Our duty is to protect and preserve human life in the event of a trauma-related incident or a serious medical condition. Emergency Medical Services (EMS) responds by assessing, treating, stabilizing, and transporting patients until definitive medical care is available at an appropriate facility. Each fire department unit is staffed by certified Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) or Paramedics, who are trained and monitored by the staff of the Milwaukee County Emergency Medical Service (MCEMS) and the medical direction of Dr. Ron Pirrallo.


All Wauwatosa Fire Department members are trained at the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) level. In addition, we currently have 32 firefighters trained to the Paramedic level to provide Advanced Life Support (ALS). The division’s ambulances are strategically located in fire stations throughout the city. These ambulances are supplied with state-of-the-art equipment, and coupled with our highly trained personnel, are an emergency room on wheels – capable of handling a variety of life saving procedures.

Initial training for EMT-Paramedics meets national standards and covers areas such as advanced cardiac life support, basic pediatric care, and pre-hospital trauma life support. Building on this initial 1,400 hours of training, EMT-Paramedics also receive 40 hours of continuing education each year.

We currently operate four ambulances including three paramedic (ALS) and one Basic Life Support (BLS) ambulance. In addition to the ambulances, all of our fire apparatus are staffed by EMTs and sometimes paramedics depending on daily staffing. If staffed by paramedics, these fire trucks are equipped and can operate as Paramedic First Responders (PFR) and begin ALS care until an ambulance arrives.

When you call 911 for a medical emergency, we normally dispatch the closet fire truck and ambulance to assist you. The personnel on the fire truck assist the ambulance crew with patient care and movement of equipment as needed.

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