ST. JOHN TOWNSHIP – The Lake Hills Fire Department now has an Advanced Resuscitation Ambulance in its arsenal.
Residents of the Township of St. John will now have access to the same care as surrounding communities, as the fire department went from a basic ambulance to an advanced resuscitation ambulance on July 1, the fire chief said Shane Adams in a press release.
The ambulance service began in the department in 1993 and consisted of volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians (EMTs), Adams said.
Ten years later, in 2013, two paramedics began equipping the ambulance during the day Monday through Friday, Adams said.
“We have slowly added shifts and hours over the years. We have been working on funding so that we can provide advanced life support,” Adams said.
Until Lake Hills made the transition earlier this month, the department had to rely on surrounding fire departments for advanced life support, Adams said.
“The surrounding fire departments have done an amazing job helping us in this capacity, and we would like to thank them for it,” he said.
Now, firefighters will have a paramedic and EMT at the fire station 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Adams said, noting that the paramedic and EMT will be state certified as firefighters and respond also to fire calls.